Saraki reads Buhari, Osinbajo’s letters, Onnoghen is set to get senate’s nod as CJN

The Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki on Tuesday officially read President Muhammadu Buhari’s letter dated Feb. 5, requesting an extension of his vacation to further finish up some medical checkups.

Senator Saraki read the letter at the resumption of plenary on Tuesday.

The DailyBells Nigeria recalls that the senate had before resumption from its four weeks suspension of plenary, admitted receiving the letter from the President.

The letter reads: “Further to my letter dated Jan. 18, 2017 in which I notified the distinguished Senate of taking part of my annual leave.

“During my leave I took the opportunity to have routine checkups and consult my long standing doctors in London. In the course of the routine examinations, certain tests results indicated the need for a course of medications and further appointments rescheduled for next week.

“I am therefore notifying the distinguished senate that I am extending my leave until the doctors are satisfied that certain factors are ruled out.

“In the circumstances, Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo would continue to act on my behalf. Please accept distinguished Senate President the assurances of my highest consideration,” the letter read.

In his remarks, Saraki said that the National Assembly leadership visited President Muhammadu Buhari in London, adding that he was in good spirit and in good health.

“He was chatting as usual and conveys his best wishes and hopes to be back with us very soon,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, the Senate has condoled with the House of Representatives over the death of Rep. Bello Sani representing Mashi/Dutsi Federal Constituency of Katsina State.

“Our condolence is to his family and the government of Katsina State.

“He was a gentle man, principled and cosmopolitan who interacted very well with members of the National Assembly,’’ he said.

He prayed God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss.

In a related development, the senate also confirmed receiving a letter from Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, requesting the confirmation of Justice Walter Onnoghen as Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).

Senate President Bukola Saraki, read the letter.

The Senate had on Feb. 19, adjourned plenary to enable standing committees attend to 2017 budget defence of Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

Saraki said that the letter, dated Feb. 7, urged the Senate to confirm Onnoghen pursuant to Section 231 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Following the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC), I hereby notify you of the appointment of Hon. Justice Walter Onnoghen as Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), “the letter stated.

The president of the senate also read another letter from Osinbajo, requesting the confirmation of Mr. Adeyinka Asekan, from Ogun as an additional non-career ambassador designate.

It would be recalled that a Lagos based legal practitioner Chief Malcolm Omirhobo had dragged President Muhammadu Buhari before an Abuja Federal High Court over his refusal to appoint Justice Onnoghen as the Chairman of the National Judicial Council.

The Attorney General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, The Federal Judicial Service Commission, Hon. Justice Walter Onnoghen, CFR the Chairman of the National Judicial Council and the National Judicial Council were joined as co- defendants in the suit.

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