Nigeria’s Presidency has defended President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent trip to the UK for holidays.
There have been concerns back in Nigeria about the President’s trip and the impact of his absence on the country.
But the presidency has told local media Punch that Buhari “could govern the country from anywhere in the world.”
The presidency said Buhari who left Nigeria on Thursday was only going to be away for 10 days.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu is quoted to have said that it “is not necessary” for the President to inform the country’s national assembly about his trip.
“The President can exercise authority from wherever he is as he is currently doing,” Shehu said.
He adds that “This is a relatively short absence. If you check Section 145 (1) and (2) of the Constitution, you will see that the law is only infringed upon when such absence extends to 21 days.”
No reasons have been given for this latest trip but President Buhari has often visited London for medical check up.
He had in the past struggled with his health requiring serious medical attention in the early parts of his presidency.