- Afenifere monitoring the happenings.
- Memo shows Buhari ordering Osinbajo to seek approval before taking any decision on agencies under him.
Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere has Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has been rendered useless, impotent and irrelevant following a report he has been ordered to seek approval from President Muhammadu Buhari, in making decisions for agencies under his supervision.
This is following a memo which surfaced on the internet from Buhari to Osinbajo telling his deputy to seek approval in making decisions for agencies under his supervision.
The group in a statement noted that what has happened is that the VP’s office has been rendered impotent, useless and irrelevant.
The memo showed that Buhari has stripped off the powers given to Osinbajo to make decisions and approve contracts, annual reports, annual accounts, and power to make regulations, among other key functions under his agencies.
Incidentally, Buhari on Monday inaugurated an Economic Advisory Council (EAC) which replaced the current Economic Management Team (EMT) under the watch of Osinbajo. The EAC will be reporting directly to the President.
Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to Osinbajo on Media and Publicity, in a quick reaction had said that Osinbajo remained committed to service of his fatherland, adding that the reports that the Vice President Osinbajo did not follow due process in the supervision of agencies under him are false and misleading.
While noting that the report by the media which claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari had directed Osinbajo to seek approvals for agencies under him was sensational, Akande said that the report suggested, falsely, that agencies under the supervision of the Vice President did not normally comply with established rules where presidential approvals were required.
Yinka Odumakin, the spokesman for Afenifere said that the group is watching as the story develops, noting that it cannot jump into conclusion.
Speaking with Punch, Odumakin said Afenifere is studying the situation, and won’t muddle up issues.
“For now, we will not jump into any premature conclusion that this is about 2023 alone. We will need more information to know whether it is political or whether there was an abuse of office or process.
“But the barrage of the last 48 hours shows that there is something wrong. We will wait to have all the facts because we don’t want to say a Yoruba man is being attacked.
“They may have had a justifiable reason to do so; but we are taking note of every development and at the appropriate time, we will make our position known.
“But clearly, what has happened is that the VP’s office has been rendered impotent, useless and irrelevant,” he said.