- Barrister Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa said the letter sent by Muhammadu Buhari to the Senate is limits Professor Osinbajo's powers to act
- Adegboruwa is now calling on the Senate to commence the impeachment of Buhari, not because he is sick, but for 'gorss misconduct'
Nigeria’s vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has no powers as coordinator of the country’s activities, a top human rights lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has declared.
Adegboruwa is thus asking for the impeachment of President Muhammadu Buhari for alleged gross misconduct.
The lawyer argued that the content of the letter the president sent to the National Assembly concerning his absence from the country has become very embarrassing.
“A coordinator is a person of equal status with others. So, the VP cannot make appointments or sack anybody while the president is away.
“He cannot discipline any erring minister. He is limited in policy decisions, as a coordinator.
“He has no power of control over the cabal to whom the president has handed over power, albeit illegally.
“The chief of staff was recently reported to have moved vital documents away from Aso Villa.
“In effect, Nigeria has no leader presently. The existing office of VP is no more.
“The constitutionally crated office of acting president has been circumscribed by the president. The president is away on an indefinite medical trip abroad.
“The Senate lacks the power to pronounce Osinbajo as acting president, without a WRITTEN RESOLUTION of BOTH CHAMBERS of the National Assembly, through a DECISION taken on the FLOOR of both chambers.
“The president cannot travel for medical check-up for an indefinite period of time.
“The National Assembly should reject the letter from the president. There is therefore a serious constitutional crisis
“Pro government lawyers and activists, who have goaded the Buhari administration into dubious and reckless interpretations of the constitution in the past, should be held responsible for the current crisis and all acts of impunity from Aso Villa.
“In all, the National Assembly should commence impeachment proceedings against the president, for gross misconduct,” Adegboruwa said.
NAIJ.com reports that in the letter read by Bukola Saraki on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday, May 9, Buhari said: “In compliance with section 145 (1) of the 1999 constitution (as amended), I wish to inform the distinguished Senate that I will be away for a scheduled medical follow-up with my doctors in London. The length of my stay will be determined by the doctor’s advice.
“While I am away, the vice president will coordinate the activities of the government.
"Please accept, the distinguished Senate President, the assurances of my highest consideration.”
Watch this video and see how Vice President Osinbajo flagged off the construction of rail lines from Lagos to Ibadan, Oyo state: