A letter announcing President Muhammadu Buhari’s resumption of duties was delivered to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, on Monday.
The letter, which was personally signed by the President, informed the Speaker that Buhari had resumed office after his medical vacation to London, effective March 13.
The document was delivered to Dogara about noon by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives), Mr. Suleiman Abdurhaman-Kawu.
When contacted, Abdurhaman-Kawu said that the President was complying with Section 145 ( 1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), which required him to inform the legislature that he had returned to work.
“Yes, I met with the speaker this afternoon and I submitted Mr. President’s letter of resumption to him.
“He has resumed in line with the constitution”, the SSA stated.
Section 145(1) reads, “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.”
Dogara confirmed the receipt of the letter and promised to read it to members on the floor on Tuesday (today) in Abuja.
“Tomorrow (Tuesday) I will read this to my colleagues on the floor of the House and thereafter make comments from there”, a statement by his media aide, Mr. Turaki Hassan, quoted Dogara as saying when he received the letter.
The speaker praised Buhari for working in harmony with the National Assembly so far.
However, he noted that the two arms would fight whenever it became inevitable, but would always reconcile.
The statement added, “However, permit me to thank you for working hard to ensure that there is harmonious working relationship between the Executive and the National Assembly.
“In your own case, I can say it was an appointment that we can truly say amounted to putting a round peg in a round hole or a square peg in a square hole.
“So, no wonder we have seen to some extent, some form of understanding between the National Assembly and the Presidency.
“We promise that we will cooperate more than we fight. like I said before, we will always fight and that has been the practice in all climes and ours cannot an exception.
“But, we will cooperate more in the interest of our people rather than fight.”