Is Buhari Maltreating Osinbajo?
ElevateNews takes a look at the relationship between President Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice Yemi Osinbajo. Part 2
As I have written in the last piece, President Muhammadu Buhari has the constitutional power to fire the aides attached to the office of the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
He approved these aides in the first place and has since disapproved them. The 35 sacked aides were asked to leave the government so as to reduce cost according to the Senior Special Assistant to Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu.
Speaking on national television, Shehu confirmed the sack but could not mention the number of aides attached to the president that was sacked.
That the president signed a bill into law while on a private visit to the United Kingdom is not a breach of constitution because he did the signing right in the Nigerian Embassy in London.
The law recognizes the Nigerian house in London as an extension of the Nigerian Government. Buhari will be committing a constitutional offence only if he stays beyond 21 days outside the country without transmitting handover letter to the National Assembly for Osinbajo to act on his behalf.
As it stands, the president is expected back in Nigeria on November 17. Osinbajo was in Niger a few days ago where he had represented Buhari and on Saturday he was in Ogun State to commission a Chinese Factory that would be manufacturing Wagon for Nigerian Rail projects.
The creation of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management by this government has invariably reduced the work of Osinbajo.
A minister, Sadiya Umar Farouq will handle the social service programme now and perhaps carry out the tradermoney activity, which was being handled by Osinbajo in the past. It is the minister that needs aides now not Osinbajo.
What will the aides be doing when their jobs had since been ceded to the new ministry? However, it may be a political gimmick towards 2023 to make Osinbajo unpopular. Tradermoney is the baby of Osinbajo, used by the All Progressives Congress to buy votes in the 2019 election. It did not only work for the party, but it also exposed Osinbajo to the grassroots, many of whom have now fallen in love with him.
There is no doubt that the APC will not present Osinbajo as its presidential candidate in 2023 even though there are indications that the vice president may vie for the position. His benefactor, former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is interested in the presidential race too.
The politics that is happening around Osinbajo now is not emanating from Buhari but the APC as a party. It was the party who submitted the names of most of the aides working for the vice president and it is the party at work again as the aides were asked to leave.
This is to depopulate those who could help Osinbajo as the politics of 2023 gathers momentum.