- Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria's acting president, has been earning accolades from Nigerians following his recent actions
- But President Buhari's aide, Babafemi Ojudu, has said those thinking Osinbajo is doing better than Buhari are just planning trouble for the duo
Those who say acting President Yemi Osinbajo is performing better than Buhari are not only mischievous, but thoughtless and aiming at causing friction between the two leaders, Babafemi Ojudu, the president’s special adviser on political matters, has said.
Ojudu, a former senator, who spoke with correspondents of the State House in Abuja, Nigeria on Monday, February 27, 2017, said Osinbajo still consulted with Buhari who is in London on a medical leave.
Nigerians and even the opposition had been commending Osinbajo. Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, a senator on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), also recently asked the acting president to teach Buhari how he is changing the economy.
The Punch reports that Ojudu said Buhari and Osinbajo enjoy a joint ticket and were both elected on the same platform and implementing the manifesto of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“The same people who said we never had economic team, no policy, nothing are the ones saying this.
“It is now that the policies we are implementing are maturing and they are seeing the result. It is not a question of one person being better than the other person.
“There is nothing that has been done since the vice-president started acting that is not something that started far back in the past. A good example is the Niger Delta initiative.
“The president called the vice-president and said ‘I am giving you the mandate, go into the Niger Delta and meet with everyone who is a stakeholder, all the communities, talk to the militants and make sure you solve this problem for the benefits of Nigerians’.
“We are losing 1.2 million barrels of oil per day, all the gas pipelines powering the turbines are being blown up. And the president has said unless and until we resolve this problem we will not get out of recession. The VP took up the mandate and went to the Niger Delta, it is the initiative of Mr President not that of the vice-president.
“These are mischief makers, those who do not wish this country well, who are always promoting crisis, who will not allow the people to benefit from this democracy. They are the ones promoting this kind of divisive tendencies,” he said.