No Time Limit For When President Muhammadu Buhari Can Return – Falana (SAN)
Activist and Human right lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) has disclosed that the Nigerian constitution has no time limit for when President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to return and resume his duties.
Falana made the disclosure while reacting to protest by the #OurMumuDonDo group in Abuja, who were demanding the immediate return or resignation of the President. He quoted the Section 145 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria states:
“Whenever the president transmits to the President of the senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives a written declaration that he is proceeding on vacation or that he is otherwise unable to discharge the functions of his office, until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary such functions shall be discharged by the Vice-Presidents as Acting President”.
“In the event that the president transmits a written declaration, he secures his position until he returns via another simple transmission. The constitution is silent on how long the president can be away on medical vacation”, he said.
“So it is therefore hoped that the ongoing review of the constitution will address that because you may have a situation where an elected president will be away for three and half years out of his four years tenure or even the entire four years tenure. It is a possibility.”