Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday jokingly thanked Senate President Bukola Saraki for not taking advantage of the vacuum in power before the presidential inauguration .
Osinbajo stated this at a dinner organised in honour of President Muhammadu Buhari and himself at the State House Banquet Hall .
Buhari and Osinbajo had earlier in the day been sworn in for a second term in office by the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad .
“ Something interesting happened earlier today ; I am a lawyer and a law teacher and I like to test and interrogate legal scenarios, ” he said .
“ At one minute past midnight today , the four- year term of the President and I ended by effluxion of time .
“ So, from one minute past 12 of last night, May 29 to about 10 :30 a . m . when we were sworn in for a second term there was no President or Vice President .
“ Interestingly nothing went wrong , all was okay ; when such a situation arises , it is the Senate President who acts as President .
“ So, when I arrived at Eagle Square this morning , some may have noticed that the Senate President and I were enjoying a joke .
“ He said to me jokingly ‘ You better be careful, you know I’ m the acting President now ’; so , we thank the Senate President for not doing anything funny . ’’
The vice president said that the beauty of democracy was the orderly and civilised process of transition and more importantly , the sanctity of and respect for the will and choice of the people .