Afenifere, the Yoruba socio-cultural group, has said that the office of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, has been rendered useless, impotent and irrelevant by some very powerful persons.
The Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, says it has been monitoring recent developments at the nation’s seat of power closely, with the presidency issuing a statement on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, to state that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo hasn’t fallen out with President Muhammadu Buhari.
Media reports suggest that a couple of tasks have been yanked off Osinbajo’s desk and that the president has issued a memo to the vice president, asking his deputy to seek approvals from him henceforth in the running of certain agencies.
“We are watching as events unfold. We are studying the situation, but we must also not 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 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.”
The EMT dissolution fueled speculation
President Buhari has dissolved the Economic Management Team (EMT) chaired by Osinbajo, while naming an 8-man Economic Advisory Council (EAC) which will report directly to him, as a replacement.
There are also widespread insinuations that President Buhari is planning to strip the vice president of his brainchildSocial Investment Programme (SIP)which comprises the TraderMoni Scheme, N-Power, the school feeding programme, among others.
The vice president’s spokesperson, Laolu Akande, however, insists that all is well at the villa.
“The vice president remains committed to the service of his fatherland and will continue to do so despite the purveyors of fake news.
“We urge media organisations, as gatekeepers, to uphold truth, balance, fairness and objectivity in their reports,” Akande said in a statement.