[The Legislative Blog]: Here’s the reason Nigerian senators need to go back to school

We kid you not! It’s shocking the very trivial things senators are currently paying attention to.

Earlier today at plenary, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa raised a point of order contesting the wording of the letter President Muhammadu Buhari sent to the Senate informing them of his medical vacation. His grievance basically surrounds the fact that in the letter, President Buhari did not use the words “acting” as he did in his previous letter announcing his first medical vacation.

In the January letter, President Buhari said, “while I am away, the vice-president (Osinbajo) will perform the functions of my office,” but this time, his words were, “While I am away, the vice-president will coordinate the activities of the government”. 

The president’s use of grammar that is clearly unfamiliar to Senator Ohuabunwa and some of his mates is the reason he won’t let the rest of us have peace. He described the letter as unambiguous and recommended that it should be sent back to the president. LOL! The one in London?

The senator then went on to shoot himself in the foot by bringing the constitution into his argument, quoting Section 145(1): “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 is otherwise that he is unable to discharge the functions of his office until he transmits to them the written declaration to the contrary, such function shall be discharged by the Vice President as Acting President.

So senator Ohuabunwa insists the term “coordinating vice president” does not exist in the constitution and we thought to remind him that constituency projects, for which senators including Ohuabunwa receive allocations, do not also exist in the constitution. How about we discuss the ambiguity in that too?

If a senator needs to return to school to learn semantics and grammar, then he should.

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