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.