Mallam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, said that the President’s trip to London for medical checks does not warrant transmitting power to Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, since he is staying for just two weeks.
The Presidential aide also berated naysayers over insinuations that Buhari embarked on emergency medical trip to the UK.
Garba stated this yesterday in a monitored programme on Channels Television, ‘Politics Today’.
He said, “Before he left, he just finished a meeting with security chiefs. He had excellent chat with the vice president, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Chief of Staff, so he has taken it all around. If it is warranted that he signs documents, these are transmissible by wire, the internet is there and the president is equally internet savvy, therefore, work can continue without any obstruction from whichever location he is. He will continue from wherever he is. The requirement of the law is if the President is going to be absent for 21days or more, then the transmission is warranted. So in this particular case, the president is staying for only two weeks.”
On the trip, Garba said, “It is a medical trip, and there is absolutely no urgency or emergency. The president is not in any sick condition. It’s a routine medical checkup. The president has overtaken this with a set of doctors that he has known over many years.
“He has done this before he came into office in 2015 and has continued to do that without any disruption. For last year, 2020, he couldn’t make it because of travel restrictions that was caused by COVID-19. It’s a routine and we are hoping that the president comes back after the check up.”
Asked if doctors visited the President during the lockdown in 2020, Shehu said, “The President enjoyed good round of health. When his classmates come visiting, you will know that the President is doing well. He chose this moment because it’s like a holiday season as Friday is a national holiday, so he’s taking advantage of the Easter season.
Asked if the President would take the second jab of COVID-19 vaccine in the UK, Garba Shehu said the President would have returned before then.