STOP COMPARING OSINBAJO TO BUHARI, PRESIDENCY WARNS

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[Abuja]–The Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Babafemi Ojudu, has urged Nigerians to be wary of social media reports which tends to compare the Vice President, Yemi Osibanjo to the President, Muhammadu Buhari, who is away in the UK for medical vacation.

Ojudu, while speaking to State House Correspondents on Monday 27 February, 2017, said that all the success recorded by the Vice but Acting President could be traced to the foundations laid by President Buhari.

Osinbajo had received national and international commendations for some decisive steps he took while the President was away.

Some of which include; Forwarding Onnoghen’s name to Senate for confirmation as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria; Unscheduled visit to Lagos Airport; Refusing to assent four bills; Recovery of the Naira; Tour of the Niger Delta and talks with community leaders; 60 days action plan on business; establishment of a task force to reduce food price; welcoming labour leaders at Aso Rock; among others.

All the above, according to Ojudu, should be no reason for people to compare him to Buhari, as he added that most of what Osinbajo does is always discussed first with Buhari through calls. He described those who are trying to cause division in the Presidency as ‘mischief makers’.

In his words, “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.”

” 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,” he said.




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