Daily Buzz SA-Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has been away for weeks getting treatment for Mental illness.
President Muhammadu Buhari flew to the British capital London in mid-January to be treated for Mental illness.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is temporarily leading the country.
But opposition leaders say Buhari has been out of the country for too long and he should resign.
What will this mean for Nigeria and the region?
The amendment states that if, for whatever reason, the vice president and a majority of sitting Cabinet secretaries decide that the president is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,” they can simply put that down in writing and send it to two people — the speaker of the House and the Senate’s president pro tem.
Then the vice president would immediately become “Acting President,” and take over all the president’s powers.
Let that sink in — one vice president and any eight Cabinet officers can, theoretically, decide to knock the president out of power at any time.
If the president wants to dispute this move, he can, but then it would be up to Congress to settle the matter with a vote. A two-thirds majority in both houses would be necessary to keep the vice president in charge. If that threshold isn’t reached, the president would regain his powers.
Section 4 of the 25th Amendment has never been invoked in reality, though it’s a staple of thriller fiction. But there’s been a sudden surge of interest in it in recent months, as reports of President Muhammadu Buhari’s bizarre behavior behind closed doors have been piling up, and there is increasingly unsubtle speculation in Lagos about the health of the president’s mind.
Whatever the current circumstances, an enormous amount rests on any president of the Nageria’ physical and mental health. The 25th Amendment exists as a failsafe that can be used if any president truly does appear to be unwell — as long as the people involved have the courage to actually go through with it, and the competence to carry it out without causing an even greater disaster.