- The refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to transmit power to Professor Yemi Osinbajo is still a trending topic on social media
- Senator Shehu Sani has joined the conversation with an angle focused on the use of technology to preside over the affairs of the country from afar
- Respondents to the senator's comments on social media provided different perspectives based on their thoughts on the issue
Senator Shehu Sani has reacted to the statement by the presidency that it is not necessary for President Muhammadu Buhari to transmit power to his deputy, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
The issue had become a trending topic on social media with Nigerians arguing over the president's action.
Sani, a former senator representing Kaduna Senatorial District, joined in the debate, sharing his thoughts on social media.
He wrote on Twitter:
“The invention of Zoom and Skype makes transmission of power obsolete; true or false?”
His followers have also been engaging the post and Legit.ng has been monitoring their comments.
Kayode Oniyide wrote:
“True to a very large extent....with this turnaround innovation in my dear country Nigeria, then we will have a better world to call home rather than leave for a search of a greener pasture abroad.”
Anthony Mark-Chinye wrote:
“Has the invention rendered our constitution useless or inoperable? The Senate has been dragging feet over many issues requiring constitutional reviews and amendments.”
Olu Chucks wrote:
“That is because, in today's Nigeria, power is held as if it were a property right.”
Fredrick Agunloye wrote:
“False, until the constitution is amended likewise.”
Adedolapo Adepoju asks:
“False. Some things require the physical presence of a leader. Can he sign some important documents via Zoom and Skype?”
Kamil Mustapha wrote:
“Even the United States did not rule out the transmission of power.”
Obikwelu Ibeh asks:
“Can documents be executed via Zoom and Skype?”
The presidency had earlier declared that it is unnecessary for Buhari to transmit power to Osinbajo before his latest medical trip to London.
The stance of the presidency on the issue was made known when Buhari's media aide, Garba Shehu appeared on a Channels Television programme on Tuesday, March 30.
The presidential media aide said Buhari has not contravened the laws of the land by not transmitting power to Osinbajo while away from the country for a number of days.
Shehu had earlier told journalists in Abuja that the president has always had medical appointments abroad even before he assumed office.
He noted that it is only somewhat different this time because the president did not make any such travel in 2020 obviously because of the COVID-19 lockdown.