President Muhammadu Buhari says Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is now in charge of the country.
Buhari said this just before he left Abuja for a regular medical check-up in London, the United Kingdom.
Initially, the president had scheduled to undertake the trip from Nairobi, Kenya after attending the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) at 50 in that country.
Femi Adesina, his spokesman had on March 1, said from Kenya, the president would move to London for “routine medical checks that will last for a maximum of two weeks.”
Yet, the president returned to Abuja on Friday around 1.p.m, triggering assumptions.
However, Malam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity said the trip had been shifted to Sunday. According to Adesina’s statement, Buhari is due to return to Abuja in two weeks.
Speaking to reporters before he took off at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Buhari said Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was in charge constitutionally when he was out of the country.
According to the President, his absence would not affect state functions as he was conscious of every development taking place in his absence.
Speaking on how the country would operate in his absence, he said: “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. Then, we have the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and then the Chief of Staff, so, there’s no problem.”
On the anticipation of the March 26 convention of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), he assured that the party had the capacity to organise the programme.
On what he would tell Nigerians who had conveyed doubts regarding the ability of the APC to conduct its national convention successfully, he said, “Well, they should wait and see. How did we come as a party to take power from the ruling party which had been there before us for so many years? So, we have the capacity. Everything will be all right.”