- Nigerians have reacted to President Buhari's letter intimating the Senate of his travel on medical vacation to London
- While some Nigerians faulted the letter, other said the letter was in order
The letter which has brought a lot of debate was first faulted by Senator Mao Ohuabunwa.
Mao Ohuabunwa, the Senator representing Abia-North at the National Assembly faulted President Buhari's letter intimating the Senate of his medical trip abroad and his delegation of power to the vice president.
According to the senator, the president's letter is not clear as it does not expressly delegate responsibilities to the vice president to act as acting president but rather to coordinate the governance of the country.
Consequently, Nigerians have have reacted differently to the controversial letter.
While some didn't see anything wrong about the letter, some said the president was wrong not to have delegated the duties to the VP as an acting president.
Francis Amagre, a Facebook user wrote that he did not see anything wrong with the letter as the VP will automatically act as the president given the tone of the letter.
Abubakar Yusuf on his part argued that the VP is automatically qualified to act as the president immediately the Senate received the president's leter.
He wrote: "What is the chaos all about, the opening paragraph said "in compliance with section 145 (1) of 1999 constitution..."
"Let's step back and see what does the section say before we start yelling and shouting. The section stated that once the senate receives a letter from the president informing them of his vacation or leave, the vice president will henceforth serve as the acting president, until the president returns.
"The provision of the section already qualifies the VP as the acting president. So whether he mentions it or not, by the virtue of transmitting the letter to the Senate, the VP assumes the role o acting president.
"The underlying issue here is submitting the letter, and he has complied to the constitutional provision. In fact he is the first to do this in Nigerian history, so why all the chaos.
Some dissenting voices however argued that there is a clear distinction between 'acting and coordinating'.
Meanwhile, Femi Fani Kayode has reacted to the development.
He described as dangerous the plan by some people to keep Professor Yemi Osinbajo away from the position as acting president in the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari.
President Buhari had left the country on Sunday, May 7 for medical treatment and the vice president was duly expected to replace him in acting capacity.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com in this video brings you how posters of President Buhari are all over the country.