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Controversies as Tinubu’s unknown whereabouts ignite political debate


However for a final minute change of plans, each President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Vice President Kashim Shettima would have travelled overseas on the identical time, thereby leaving the Aso Rock seat of energy.

Previous to Shettima’s deliberate journey to the USA of America, there have been considerations over Tinubu’s whereabouts one week after his official journey to Saudi Arabia for the particular World Financial Discussion board (WEF) assembly.

DAILY POST noticed that the president is but to return to Nigeria after the WEF assembly in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which ended on April 29, 2024

Earlier than the WEF summit, Tinubu launched into an official journey to the Netherlands on the invitation of the nation’s Prime Minister, Mark Rutte on April 23, 2024.

Whereas within the nation, President Tinubu engaged in high-level discussions with the Prime Minister, in addition to held separate conferences with His Royal Majesty, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Kingdom.

Whereas Nigerians are nonetheless grappling with Tinubu’s absence from the nation, Vice President Kashim Shettima was scheduled to jet out to Dallas, United States of America, the place he would have represented the president on the 2024 US-Africa Enterprise Summit hosted by the Company Council on Africa.

Shettima was anticipated to hitch different political and enterprise leaders throughout Africa, the US and past for the summit that includes high-level dialogues, networking enterprise periods and the plenary, all scheduled for the Kay Bailey Hutchison Conference Middle in Dallas, Texas.

However in a final minute transfer, the Vice President cancelled the deliberate journey, citing a defective plane.

Tinubu lacking, Nigeria with out president – Adeyanju

Well-liked rights activist and lawyer, Deji Adeyanju stated Tinubu is lacking, stressing that the Nigerian Authorities is irresponsible following Tinubu absence and Shettima’s deliberate absence from the nation.

Talking with DAILY POST, Adeyanju accused Tinubu and Shettima of taking Nigerians as a right.

He stated: “Even when you ask the Presidency, they don’t know the place the president is, and I’ve come to the conclusion that the president of Nigeria is lacking. Whether or not or not anyone likes it, this authorities is irresponsible and doesn’t imagine in accountability.

“Are you able to think about the president of America disappearing for one week or the British Prime Minister, or the Prime Minister of Canada or the French President? Issues like this could solely occur in a Banana Republic.

“Even George Orwell’s Animal Farm will do higher as a result of when the king of the jungle goes lacking, all types of issues begin occurring. It’s protected to say that the nation is with no captain; sadly, there may be no person to pinpoint on this authorities that’s able to administering.

“The final we heard concerning the lacking president is that his jet malfunctioned, and since then he has not been seen or sighted by anybody. Even when the president is present process medical tourism, Nigerians should know.

The president of a rustic can’t simply disappear into skinny air with none rationalization. President Tinubu is taking Nigerians as a right, even when he doesn’t price Nigerians, he ought to price the tens of millions of those who voted for him. There may be no justification in anyway for this sort of impolite behaviour.”

Nationwide Meeting silent over Tinubu’s absence

Adeyanju berated the Nationwide Meeting over its incapacity to carry out its statutory perform of checks and balances, therefore the vacuum created in authorities.

The constitutional lawyer lamented that the Nationwide Meeting has been decreased to a division within the Workplace of the President’s Chief of Workers.

He stated: “There isn’t any Nationwide Meeting, one that’s headed by Akpabio is {that a} Nationwide Meeting? That’s only a division within the Villa, a division within the workplace of the Chief of Workers. The Nationwide Meeting has been decreased to a division within the Workplace of the Chief of Workers. That’s the reason the president doesn’t price them. A Nationwide Meeting that claims something the president desires may function a examine and steadiness?

“The President ought to have handed over to his Vice when he knew that he was going to vanish, however that was not accomplished, and the so-called Vice was about to depart the nation; we don’t even know who’s accountable for the nation; that’s why I stated Nigeria is at present with no captain.

“Issues have by no means been this dangerous within the space of checks and balances, and I’m of the view that we don’t have a legislature within the nation. What now we have is a division of the presidency pretending to be the legislature, which is most unlucky.”

Vacuum in authorities

Equally, one other rights activist lawyer, Madubuachi Idam stated there would have been a constitutional anomaly and impunity if Shettima had travelled overseas.

Talking with DAILY POST, Idam stated: “It’s an abdication of duties by the president and the Vp to journey out on the identical time.

“The structure says if for any cause the president shouldn’t be out there to discharge the features of his workplace, the workplace of the vice chairman steps into his footwear and carries out the features of that workplace.

“Now, when the president and his vice aren’t current to discharge the features of that workplace, it’s an anomaly, it’s an irresponsible act.

“The president and his vice run on the identical ticket, and that’s why the doctrine of necessity allows the vice chairman to step into the footwear of the president and perform his duties. Now the structure doesn’t speculate a scenario the place the president and his vice are absent from workplace.

“The structure didn’t present for such an anomaly, it’s a transparent abdication of duties by these elected officers. What occurs is that the federal government has grow to be headless.

The structure didn’t speculate a scenario the place the president and vice won’t be current at a time; what the structure offers is that when the president shouldn’t be out there to discharge the duties of his workplace, he transmits energy to the vice chairman who will step in his footwear to hold out the features of his workplace pending when normalcy will return or within the case of ill-health when he will probably be wholesome.”

Tinubu, Shettima’s absence can result in impeachment

Idam identified that if Tinubu and Shettima are absent from responsibility on the identical time, it warrants impeachment.

He stated: “This has uncovered the lacuna and irresponsible act of the president as a result of a accountable occupier of that put up is anticipated by the structure to have transmitted energy to the Vp when leaving the nation for any cause.

“Now, when he determined to depart the nation with out transmitting energy and the vice chairman does the identical, it has grow to be worrisome – a constitutional quagmire – an impunity dedicated in that regard.

“For the 2 of them to depart the nation with out adhering to the structure quantities to gross misconduct, which warrants impeachment by the Nationwide Meeting.

If we had an appearing NASS, which isn’t a rubber stamp, it might have instantly convened a sitting and moved a movement for the impeachment of the president and vice chairman for appearing recklessly. It’s a gross misconduct, as speculated by the structure, and a transparent case of impunity which warrants impeachment if they’ve the braveness to do this.”

Tinubu can rule Nigeria from wherever on the earth

Regardless of the considerations raised, a former spokesman of the 2023 defunct Atiku-Okowa Presidential Marketing campaign Group, Daniel Bwala, stated Tinubu can govern the nation from wherever on the earth.

Making reference to Part 5 of the Nigerian structure, Bwala stated the Presidential Villa shouldn’t be a block business, neither is the president a bricklayer.

In response to Bwala: “The President @officialABAT is accountable for the nation and might govern from wherever on the earth whether or not the Vice President can be in Nigeria or not. Aso Villa shouldn’t be a block business and the President shouldn’t be a bricklayer. Learn Part 5 of the Structure.”

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