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Osinbajo is a coordinating president - Lawyer

Osinbajo is a coordinating president - Lawyer

- Mr Shakiru Eletu said Nigerians should not create distrust between the president and his vice

- The lawyer noted that the vice president can be the coordinating president

- He said the issue of semantics should be a controversial one

Mr Shakiru Eletu who is a Lagos-based lawyer has called on Nigerian politicians not to create distrust between President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

The lawyer’s plea is coming following controversy that President Muhammadu Buhari did not properly hand over to Osinbajo before he left the country on medical trip on Sunday, May 7.

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Vanguard reports that the Lagos State University law lecturer said there was no time to dwell on semantics as the section referred to by the president automatically made Osinbajo the vice president.

He said: “The president acted in line with the constitution; he needed not address the vice president as “acting president” in his letter since there are constitutional provisions.

“What the president does normally is to coordinate affairs of government and, if he is passing such responsibilities over to his vice, it means he is handing power over to him.

“Even if the letter had stated that the vice president should be prevented from acting, so long as the relevant constitutional provision is cited, that instruction is null.”

The lawyer said the Senator who raised the issue at the National Assembly might have meant well for the country but called on politicians not to use that to create distrust.

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He said: “Senator Mao Ohuabunwa could have raised his point of order in good faith, based on his understanding of the law, but in actual fact, there is no ambiguity in the president’s letter.

“The relationship between the president’s and his vice, from my observation, is near excellent, and I will urge politicians not to create room for distrust.”

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