Buhari broke no law by not handing over to Osinbajo – Court

A Federal High Court in Lagos has said the President, Maj.Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), broke no law when he travelled to London on a private visit from April 25 to May 5, 2019, and did not to handover to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.

Justice Ayokunle Faji said since the President spent less than 21 days outside of the country, he didn’t need to transfer power to his deputy.

The judge, however, faulted the argument made by lawyers to Buhari that the nine-day “private visit” was not a vacation.

According to the judge, there was no evidence that Buhari was on official assignment or had performed official functions during the nine days he spent in London.

A Lagos-based lawyer and activist, Mr Inibehe Effiong, had sued Buhari and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN, in suit No: FHC/L/CS/763/2019 when President Buhari travelled out of Nigeria to the United Kingdom in April 2019 in what was termed “a private visit” by Presidential Spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina.

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