Senate confirms reception of President Buhari’s letter

The Senate has confirmed that it had received the letter from President Buhari requesting an extension of his medical vacation.

Senate spokesperson, Sen. Aliyu Sabi gave the confirmation while briefing members of the Senate Press Corps.

Aliyu said the Law Makers would have read the letter from President Buhari but for other issues.

Aliyu said the Senate usually reads all correspondences after the resumption of plenary.

He also said the Senate felt it was necessary to confirm that the letter from Mr. President had been received.

“As you are aware the senate suspended plenary to carry out one of the most important duties.

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“This duty is the interaction with the MDAs on the 2017 budget.

“Before we suspended plenary, we received a letter from Mr. President which was dated 18th, January 2017.

“In that letter, he informed the distinguished senators that he was proceeding on his vacation for 10 days.

“In the letter, he stated very clearly that the vice president will take charge of the running of the country.

“This is a normal thing and of course based on that timing Nigerians were expecting the return of Mr. President.

“Now, we are in receipt of the second letter from Mr. President where he is informing the senate that he is extending his vacation.

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“This arose because in the first letter he did inform us that he will use that to see his doctors.

“In this second letter, he is informing the senate that he is extending his vacation.

“This is because in the cause of that routine medical checkup they were still some test his doctors still want to run.

“This is a constitutional provision and let me say it is within his prerogative to do so and we are in receipt of that letter accordingly.

“This is why we had to brief you so that we are now confirming that yes we are in receipt of that letter formally,” he said.