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Nigerian Legislation Watch: Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (First Alteration) Act 2010

Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (First Alteration) Act 2010

A Federal legislation enacted by the Nigerian National Assembly to amend several provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999. For example, section 14 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (First Amendment) Act 2010 provides:

“14. Section 145 of the Principal Act is substituted for a new section “145” —

145.—(1) Whenever the President is proceeding on vacation or is otherwise unable to discharge the functions of his office, he shall transmita written declaration to the President of the Senate andthe Speaker of the House of Representatives to that effect, anduntil he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, the Vice-President shall perform the functions of the President as Acting President.

(2) In the event that the President is unable or fails to transmit the written declaration mentioned in subsection (1) of this section within 21 days, the National Assembly shall, by a resolution made by a simple majority of the vote of each House of the National Assembly, mandate the Vice-President to perform the functions of the office of the President as Acting President until the President transmits a letter to the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives that he is now available to resume his functions as President.”

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