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No Power Tussle in Aso-Villa says Garba Shehu

by on June 6, 2017
 
The Senior Special As­sistant to the President on Media and Public­ity, Malam Garba Shehu, has dismissed reports of a political uncertainty and power tussle in Aso Rock occasioned by the ill-health and absence of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Shehu was responding yesterday to an article by a Nigerian historian, Max Siollun entitled, ‘The Gentle­man’s Agreement that Could Break Apart Nigeria’, pub­lished in the United States-based Foreign Policy magazine.
Noting that the article speculates that Nigeria faces imminent political and con­stitutional crisis as Buhari’s attends to his health in Lon­don, Shehu described it as ‘needlessly sensational and exaggerated speculations by conspiracy theorists’.
The Presidential Aide ex­plained that it was mislead­ing to compare President Buhari’s case to that of the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua as both circum­stances are completely dif­ferent.
According to Shehu, un­like President Yar’Adua, President Buhari has duly complied with the constitutional rquirements by for­mally notifying the National Assembly of his intention to go for medical treatment and handing over to Profes­sor Yemi Osinbajo as Acting President.
Malam Shehu added that while Yar’Adua was too severely ill to transmit a let­ter formally to the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representa­tives, President Buhari is not in such medical state, and therefore, the country is not currently facing any complications on account of his absence.
The Aide noted that un­der President Yar’Adua, there was uncertainty about the role of the Vice President be­cause the late President was not in a position to formally transfer power to his Deputy, which necessitated the ‘doc­trine of necessity’ to enable  Dr Goodluck Jonathan act in his absence.

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