Buhari did not relegate office of the Vice President by signing bill in London, Presidency says


The Presidency has denied that President Muhammadu Buhari is undermining the office of the Vice President, Yemi Psinbajo whole on his trip to London.

Some Nigerians were concerned when Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari took the amended deep offshore bill to President Buhari who is currently in London for a private visit to sign, thereby relegating the office of the Vice President headed by Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

However, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Babajide Omoworare in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja said that Buhari’s action of signing the bill did not negate or undermine the office of the Vice President.


The statement reads: “Contrary to the claims by some individuals and groups, the President has not in any way undermined or relegated the office of the Vice President. He has no reason to do so.

“I don’t think there is any way or manner that the office of the Vice President has been relegated. The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria can work from anywhere he is in the world

“The only case where people could raise issues is when a President is ill and was unable to communicate his absence to the National Assembly.

“The only celebrated case was that of the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, who was ill and could not transmit any letter to the National Assembly.

“The National Assembly had to work round the situation by ensuring that the executive powers went to the Vice President

“The current scenario is different from the Yar’Adua case, Buhari did not offend the law whatsoever by not transferring executive powers to his deputy b