Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Explainer: Buhari And Osinbajo Are Not In The Country – Who Then Is In Charge Of The Nigeria?

- Advertisement -

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo are currently both out of the country.


While Buhari left Nigeria on Sunday for the 77th United Nations general assembly (UNGA) in New York, USA, Osinbajo as since arrived in the United Kingdom ahead of the burial ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II.

Following the news on Buhari and Osinbajo, there have been questions on who will be in charge of the country’s affairs.

READ ALSO: Lagos Labour Party Chairman working for Tinubu, Peter Obi Movement Alleges

Buhari’s trip to the UN General Assembly will see Nigeria and other countries hold bilateral or multilateral meetings on the sidelines. These types of agreements — ranging from discussions on agriculture, climate change, oil and gas, to mention a few — are aimed at mutually benefiting the countries involved.


The constitution does not expressly state that a president or vice-president has to be in the country at all times to carry out their duties.

READ ALSO: 2023: National Peace Committee Invites Tinubu, Atiku, Others For Peace Agreement

Outbrain Advertisements

Section 145(1) of the 1999 constitution states: “Whenever the president transmits to the president of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives a written declaration that he is proceeding on vacation or that he is otherwise unable to discharge the functions of his office, until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary such functions shall be discharged by the vice-president as acting president.”

Also Read:  Marlian Music Imprint! Naira Marley Signs Four Artistes To His Record Company

The aforementioned provision suggests that there is only a vacuum if the president is proceeding on vacation or is unable to discharge the duties of the office owing to ill-health or death.

Meanwhile, according to section 146(2) of the constitution, if Nigeria suddenly finds itself without a president and vice-president, the senate president automatically takes charge of the country for three months during which an election will be held to fill the vacuum.

Since Buhari did not initiate any communication to the national assembly in line with section 145 — and is not unable to discharge his duties — he is fully in charge of the country despite his absence and that of the vice-president.

Trending video of the day;

Photo Credit: Getty

- Advertisement -

Related Articles

- Advertisement -

Leave a Reply

Stay Connected

- Advertisement -

Latest Articles