Buhari jets off to London, says Osinbajo, SGF, Chief of Staff will be in charge
March 7, 2022
President Muhammadu Buhari has dismissed insinuation that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) lacks the capacity to conduct its national convention on March 26, saying the party will surprise its critics.
The president stated this when he fielded questions from State House correspondents shortly before departing the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, for London on Sunday for medical check-up.
The president had initially planned to embark on the London trip from Nairobi, Kenya after attending the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) at 50 in that country on Friday but made a surprise return to Nigeria.
The president told reporters: “Well, they (critics) should wait and see. How did we come as a party to take power from the ruling party who had been there before us for so many years?
”So, we have the capacity, everything will be alright.”
On the London trip, Buhari said his absence from the country would not affect the running of government as the Vice-President, who would be assisted by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation as well as his Chief of Staff, would be in charge.
”Well, I cannot claim to be doing the work alone. The government is fully represented – the Vice-President is there, constitutionally when I’m away he’s in charge; and the Secretary to the government and then the chief of staff. So, no problem.”
The president’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, had on March 1, in a statement said that the president’s trip to London for routine medical checks, would “last for a maximum of two weeks.”
However, unlike the situation in his early days in office, the President did not transmit any notice to the National Assembly that would have conferred Acting President status on Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.