There was a mild scene at the senate proceedings today as Senators attempted to install the senate president, Bukola Saraki as the Acting President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
This was after Senator Eyinanya Abaribe (Abia South), raised a motion that the country had no President or Acting President at the moment, adding that, President Muhammadu Buhari and Professor Yemi Osinbajo were neither in the country, as at the time.
The Senate, which was sitting after its 3 weeks break, received a communication from Acting President Osinbajo, seeking the confirmation of Mr. Lanre Gbajabiamila, as the Director General of National Lottery Regulatory Commission.
The lawmakers, however, subjected the letter to deliberations, owing to the fact that the Acting President, had earlier reportedly said the Senate had no power to confirm nominees.
It was in the process of this that the drama ensued.
Senator Kabiru Marafa (Zamfara Central), Marafa who cited relevant sections of the Nigerian constitution, said, “if the President is not around, the Vice President should act, and if the Vice President is not around, the Senate President, who is the number 3 citizen should become acting President.”
The Senate President, however, didn’t allow any seconder or more comments, even when Senators were agitating to support the motion. He quickly ruled Senator Marafa “out of order.”