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Public Misperception of Osinbajo’s Position

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ElevateNews takes a look at the public misperception of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s position.

To be honest, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has enjoyed a lot of positive opinions from the media and members of the public since he assumed authority over four years ago.

He became the second vice president in Nigeria after Atiku Abubakar to have won high public rating and popularity. Late Alex Ekweme who worked with Alhaji Shehu Shagari was not as popular despite his brilliance because Shagari was always around.

Goodluck Jonathan became popular after the demise of President Umoru Musa Yar’ Adua while Vice President Namadi Sambo was so quiet during the reigns of Jonathan.

At a time, Atiku was becoming more popular until President Olusegun Obasanjo stopped him politically. All over the world, vice presidents are loud only when the presidents are not around.

I hardly read much of vice presidents but in Nigeria, truth be told, Osinbajo enjoys as much space in the media as President Muhammadu Buhari. He is the Chairman of the National Economic Council just as his predecessors but the cabals around Buhari are not comfortable with Osinbajo’s persona in that position.

The vice president has presided over many Federal Executive Council meetings, which to a larger extent has outnumbered that of his predecessors, including Jonathan who performed this role while Yar’Adua was on admission in Saudi Arabia hospital.

Buhari spent almost half of his first year in London hospital and created the opportunity for Osinbajo to worm himself into the heart of Nigerians, many of whom now prefer him as president instead of Buhari.

No doubt, Osinbajo has got the academic quality and a scintillating profile, the Tsunamic crowd and cabals behind Buhari will always dwarf the oratory prowess of Osinbajo any day.

In Nigeria, no vice president has got power except that he is given by the president and this is shown by the authority of the president over the appointments of those who can work with the vice president.

Buhari has the power to approve and disapprove the aides that work with Osinbajo. He has got the constitutional rights to do so and he did virtually for all those that are working with Osinbajo.

It looked like a rumour that there were 35 Osinbajo’s aides that had been fired by Buhari but it became a reality on Friday when a press statement from the presidency confirmed it.

In that statement, signed by the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the vice president’s aides were relieved of their jobs due to the exigency of the government to reduce spending.

While the news was flying around the social media platform, some of the aides denied the report. They said that they were still working with Osinbajo but Shehu’s statement doused the tension. The aides had been sacked and nothing would happen. Buhari approved their appointments and if he had disapproved it, so be it.

The statement read that the sack did not in any way affect the peaceful relationship between Buhari and Osinbajo. It is just the beginning of a fiasco in the ruling All Progressives Congress, the future is not looking brighter.

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