Rating Osinbajo above Buhari is ‘mischievous’ – Presidency

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo
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Comparing Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and President Muhammadu Buhari, and concluding that Mr. Osinbajo is doing better as he acts on behalf of the president who travelled on medical leave, is mischievous, the presidency has said.

Mr. Buhari left Nigeria for the United Kingdom on January 19 for what was initially scheduled to be a 10-day medical leave, but later extended his stay indefinitely.

He transferred power to Mr. Osinbajo before traveling, plugging a potential power vacuum and constitutional crisis once witnessed when late President Umaru Yar’Adua travelled for treatment in 2009.

As acting president, Mr. Osinbajo has amongst other things, supervised the implementation of a new foreign exchange policy that has managed to strengthen a rapidly sliding naira.

The government has also announced a reduction in attacks on oil and gas infrastructure in recent weeks, cuts that follow Mr. Osinbajo’s tour of the Niger Delta and talks with community leaders.

Many Nigerians view those decisions as swift and firm, and have compared them with President Buhari’s often unhurried response to needling national problems.

But the president’s political adviser, Babafemi Ojudu, on Monday condemned the assessment, and said it was done by “mischief makers” whose intention is to cause disharmony in the presidency.

“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,” Mr. Ojudu told journalists. “They are the ones promoting this kind‎ of divisive tendencies.”

Mr. Ojudu said all steps taken by Mr. Osinbajo were with the approval of Mr. Buhari.

“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.”

On the foreign exchange policy, Mr. Ojudu said claims of superior leadership capacity in favour of Mr. Osinbajo are touted by “The same people who said we never had economic team, no policy, nothing”.

“It is now that the policies we are implementing are maturing and they are seeing the result. It is not a question of one person being better than the other person,” he said.

Also, a lawmaker representing Kankia/Ingawa/Kusada Federal Constituency, Katsina State, Ahmad kaita, told PREMIUM TIMES that “baseless, ill-motivated” comparison of Messrs. Buhari and Osinbajo was capable of affecting Nigeria’s unity.

“It is one presidency; and whatever anybody does in this administration is to President Buhari’s credit,” said Mr. Kaita.

“Meanwhile, all we now see that means progress takes root from the time before the President travelled, with the two leaders working cordially for the good of the country based on the manifesto of our party, APC.”


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  • michro

    Why didn’t he do all of these while he was here? Buhari isn’t a good leader, he knows nothing about good leadership, he has nothing to offer Nigerians than plunge them into famine, hardship, poverty, pains, etc., while human rights abuses is extreme, extrajudicial killings indescribable, genocide is nothing to write home about, corruption, hmmmmmm, only God can explain. What kind of a leader is that? This Babafemi Ojudu of a man is the mischief maker. I think it’s high time Nigerians come to their senses.

    • R.Ess. Kay

      @disqus_ZBpa9ZCfS2:disqus

      Between BUHARI and OSINBAJO there’s nothing to choose

      Across the country the ignorance of
      APC party members stinks and chokes Nigerians who have been put in total
      darkness by the APC government, whose Minister for Electricity, Alhaji Raji
      Fashola, does not know his right from his left hand. Alhaji Lai Muhammed who
      looks to many like something a cat just dragged in, has no credibility to say
      good morning to Nigerians at 9.00am and expect to be believed. What APC
      lacks in knowledge they’d sought to make up for with lies; only to repudiate
      themselves on both scores as ignoramuses without moral ability to tell the
      truth.

      The APC useless party
      consists of ignoramuses – the worst ignoramuses in Nigeria. Whenever the
      aggregate knowledge of the appointees and Ministers in a government is lower
      than the average intelligence of ordinary people on the streets, economic
      recession will result. If the intelligence quotient of the appointed government
      officials is near zero, when economic recession has resulted, total chaos will
      ensue. That’s the next fate awaiting Nigerians who voted for a slew of daft
      empty-heads in the APC party to form the government. Nigerians have started
      fleeing the APC crime scene. Taraba state voters expelled APC from their lives
      and voted only for PDP candidates. Ditto, in Gombe the PDP opposition party won
      100% of the votes at states’ elections few days ago. Ditto, Rivers state.

  • Sarah

    Thank you Babafemi. There is only one Presidency and it is the BUHARI Presidency. It is good to see PMB’s decisions on the economy beginning to show tentative results.
    The key thing is now to sustain the tempo across critical sectors of the economy.
    Good Luck.

    • emmanuel

      Buhari’s wetin? That man has no brain. Imagine a President said people’s religion should be respected when his own foolani Islamist stoked trouble with the Late Bridget woman in her shop and consequently killed het. Only a yeye President would descend so low to issue such statement and thereafter emboldened his evil tribesmen go go on rampage killing everywhere.
      Buhari destroyed destinies, businesses, families, marriages, dreams, lives because of a non-existent brain in his head.
      Which economic policies are you talking about?
      Okay, that CBN began releasing FOEX in just a week? Is your brain clogged with pap or sand? Is one week of CBN intervention same as having a vibrant economy? mumu!
      I suspect you are same character as Rommel the foolani Islamist

      • Julius

        Yeah, here you are with your brain !! Sweet !!!!

      • Progress.B4.Politics

        This is a civil discussion, you have turned it to a barbaric one. What does it cost you to be decent? By shouting and raining insults you repel people instead of attracting them to your comment/reasoning. If you are in opposition is this how you will convince people about your own ideas? You need to take a chill, life is too short for all this hate you are spreading. No one including you is a saint. You can still make your valid arguments without raining insults. Stop attacking people, attack their ideas. You make it look like you are under compulsion to comment. Who or What is compelling you? Do you honestly feel fulfilled after rereading your comment?

        On topic: In politics people attach too much interest in personality instead of ideology which ultimately leads to sycophancy. A situation where an appointee who is supposed to be loyal to the constitution ends up being loyal to his immediate boss. This hampers productivity and progress and encourages corruption. Simply put people who are praising singing the acting president are looking for favours.

        • emmanuel

          How come you were not a moderator between 2013 and 2015 when the last government gave way? Same very civil people today, including Fashola, Tinubu, Buhari, Amaechi, El-Rufai, Oyegun, Oshomonkey, Liar Mohammed, Julius, Onike24, Omo Ola, Mufu, Ade, Mosaku, Soyemi, Pokipoki where all unrully.
          You do not change the rule of the game when it has began. This game have no civility and i work for no man.
          God has given me the grace to do my own things and that sustains me, i do not need political patronage to say what i know.

          • Progress.B4.Politics

            This proves that it does not hurt to be civil while commenting. I do not feel anyone is at war with you even if there is, two wrongs never make a right. If we criticize/attack/oppose ideas instead of persons, we will be educating the readers more instead of spreading hate. All this heat will not get our country anywhere. Better ideas and new things definitely will. Good luck.

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Since certificate forger and perjurer Muhammadu Buhari “relocated” to the Unitted Kingdom, the political temperature has come down considerably as a result of Osinbade’s diplomatic shuttle in the Niger Delta. Electricity supply has improved as a consequence of a cessation in pipeline vandalism. Crude oil production has also increased from about 1.2m b/d to 2.2m b/d. Osinbade’s cultured, methodical approach is rooted in his education and social polish. Muhammadu Buhari is like a workman who has only a hammer in his toolkit to whom every problem appears like a nail. The Presidency’s intervention is puerile and idiotic. Osinbade is one million times better than certificate forger and perjurer Muhammadu Buhari.

    • straight-to-the-point

      @disqus_adrUdD9Atb:disqus

      THE SENATE MUST RAISE A MEDICAL PANEL TO DECIDE THE CONSTITUTIONAL
      QUESTION WHETHER MUHAMADU BUHARI IS INCAPACITATED IN MEDICAL TERMS.
      IF THE DETERMINATION IS YES, BUHARI SHALL STAND REMOVED AS PRESIDENT
      .

      • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

        The Senate won’t do so because the northern elements will protest. I still can’t understand why a certificate-less illiterate is being deified the way Buhari is.

        • CeeKaycee

          @disqus_adrUdD9Atb:disqus

          The Muslims who packaged Buhari with Nepa bill instead of Wasc/Gce school certificate
          had their own narrow agenda to change Nigeria into Muslim leadership.So, it is the useful idiots
          who are not Muslims but joined to wave broom for Islamic Jihad who brought suffering to themselves.

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  • Mizch

    Hero worship! We siddon dey look. So this presidency doesn’t include ACTING PRESIDENT ? MISCHIEVOUS ! MISCHIEVOUS !! MISCHIEVOUS !!!

  • Dr. O’ Politico

    @disqus_adrUdD9Atb:disqus

    Let truth be told: Buhari’s 3rd quarter economic recession

    APC party’s journeymen stutterers – packed together like sardines in the name of Islam
    including Alhaji Babafemi Ojudu himself, are too mentally retarded to lead any country properly.
    They just don’t have the thinking ability or a force of moral example without theft or stain of fraud.

    One thing is this. No APC supporter in any of the 36 states of Nigeria has ever used the words BRILLIANT
    or DEEP-THINKING to describe Babafemi Ojudu who spoke here on behalf of Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.
    No journalist in Nigeria has ever used either word either to reference Babafemi Ojudu. That thus says everything
    there is to say that the Buhari/Osinbajo government is the opposite of BRILLIANT and opposite to DEEP THINKING.

    APC government appointees and (mis) elected officials may pose or posture with bluster and noise to look radical
    but they always remain bereft of ideas as morons because they were not reading updated discourses since leaving school. They can’t suddenly or ever become brilliant just because northern illiterate masses voted for Buhari in 2015, even if those masses now regret their vote, having lost weight and emaciated under the effect of Buhari’s ignorant
    policies which threw Nigeria into the worst third quarter consecutive economic recession in history.

    • Public Recorder

      …….How APC registered with INEC as an Islamist Party

      1] Party Leader – North, Gen Muhammadu Buhari……(Muslim)

      2] Party Leader – South, Bola Ahmed Tinubu ……… (Muslim)

      3] National Chairman: Abdulkareem Bisi Akande…….(Muslim)

      4] Deputy National Chairman: Aminu Bello Masari… (Muslim)

      5] National Secretary: Tijjani Musa Tumsah……………(Muslim)

      6] Deputy National Secretary: Nasir El-Rufai…………(Muslim)

      7] National Publicity Secretary.: Lai Muhammed……(Muslim)

      8] National Treasurer: Sadiya Umar Faruq………………(Muslim)

      9] Financial Secretary: Alhaji Shaibu Musa…………… (Muslim)

      10] National Youth Leader: Abubakar Lado………………(Muslim)

      11] National Legal Adviser: Muiz Banire ………………… (Muslim)

      12] National Deputy Auditor: Bala Jibrin………………….(Muslim)

      13] National Women Leader: Sharia Ikeazor……………(Muslim Convert)

      14] Ex-Officio Member: Muniru Muse………………………..(Muslim)

      15] Ex-Officio Member: Alhaji Yemi Sanusi ………….…(Muslim)

      • The APC National Treasurer, a Christian, protested this entirely Islamic leadership of
      APC and resigned.

    • Julius

      smh !, what a shame.. Same shit different name !

  • George

    Who don’t yeye Buhari gone to the Niger Delta himself.

    I hate Yorubas but I still prefer a goats than pigs

    • emmanuel

      This was my position with Sai Baba incoming. A weak Jonathan was a million times better than a brilliant foolani (Buhari). Someone tell me that the looting then was much.
      Unfortunately, the looting has become monumental with clinical touch in this government. Abi na where the cutleries money enter in 2016 and all other stolen monies, including the N1 billion paid to Marwa by Buhari when he ran alone? incontinent

  • Lanre

    With Ojudu’s statements, now I am convinced every social critic and so-called progressive is only looking for an opportunity to be appointed into government. When someone who is a social critic, progressive, “intellectual”, can accept the kind of salaries and emoluments received by Nigerian Legislators, there is duplicity. I almost forgot Bayo Onanuga. Loud mouths. To the matter at hand, Mr. Ojudu, people are free to make their assessments of the administration irrespective of what you or any paid government worker thinks. In any case, I am of the firm opinion that we Yorubas never learn. Especially our so-called progressive politicians. It took me a while to reach this conclusion, something those older and better experienced than me have always said. Now I see it. Prof. Osibajo who has been doing a great, yeoman’s job will learn the hard way.We Yorubas are our own worst enemies and in spite of that, Yorubaland will be free!

    • ilesanmi

      Bro. Lanre, you seem not to read Ojudu’s mind. Ojudu is not truly against those showering praises on Prof. Osibajo. Being a Yoruba man, an insider who sees and hears the feelings of others about the current situation,
      he can not afford but be guided by Jonathan’s experiences of Yar’dua’s last days. Don’t forget that the constitution was almost suspended because of Jonathan. Let’s allow the Prof. to have some firm grip.

      • emmanuel

        We are now seeing all the tribalist spring up. You all never bothered about Buhari appointing all foolanis, because they were the only brilliant people in Nigeria, so you are now angling for your Yoruba man to have firm grip of what does not belong to him.
        Anyway, let Buhari return and Osinbade will begin to travel Nigeria with Arik Air and no more Presidential jet.

      • Sarah

        “..Lanre..” is an Igbo hiding under yoruba name to stir trouble between Yoruba and Hausa. His main name is ‘Holy Wahala’. He also posts as “Segun Abiodun”

    • Julius

      “Osibajo who has been doing a great, yeoman’s job will learn the hard way.We Yorubas are our own worst enemies”
      What exactly do you mean by that ? Are you saying that he should’t be doing what he is doing ?

      • emmanuel

        I thought you were a detrabilsed Nigeria. So you have shown your real colour now. Buhari nor go die ooooo, omo Yoba.
        He will complete his term, infact i have changed my prayer, Buhari must not die.
        Who are those weaving the scheme around his health today? Yorubas – Liar, Adesina and Ojudu. Every other person is silent

      • Sarah

        He is “..Holy Wahala..” full of bile for Yoruba achievements. He also posts as “..Segun Abiodun..” on ThisDay.

        • Julius

          lmaoooo. That’s otile the fag, the Queen B of the internet, the lifeless troll her/himself . I don’t get the using of fake names to post same garbage on a faceless forum. SAD ! but, fun !

          • Otile

            There you go. Sarah says …He is Holy Wahala an Igbo…

            You Abdul(julius) pretender say …That’s otile…
            Thief Tinubu says …He is Emefiele an enemy…
            Your cacophonous voices say it all. Awon omo Odua, o ga oo.

    • Sarah

      “..Holy Wahala..” Obu gini ne me isi gi.
      Desist from using Yoruba name to stir up trouble between Yoruba and Hausa.
      Also stop using “Segun Abiodun”
      Use an Igbo name or non-ethnic name like your “..Holy Wahala..”
      The deal is done between Yoruba and Hausa/Fulani. They supported us to complete 8 years peacefully and we will support them to complete 8 years peacefully. Then our VP will take over.

      • emmanuel

        And you supported them to drive out a South South man? Make we dey watch as the drama unfolds on the way to 2019

      • Lanre

        Hello Sarah. You have had the courage to address me, like a respectable person should. The other day on Sahara Reporters, you were going around campaigning that I am Igbo. I did not bother to respond because obviously you did not address me.
        First of all, I am not Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, who annulled the elections of June 12, 1993 won by a Yorubaman. He is not in jail today. Rather he is a Nigerian Hero celebrated by the Nigerian Media and Society.
        Secondly, what you are doing is called trolling. You don’t know me. You come under my post to make a false comment just because you want to deflect from the argument. You are a Troll. Onike24, the other lady that engages me on these sites I have never called a name because she does not call me what I am not.
        Thirdly, do I have to be Igbo to think independently? I want a free Yorubaland and that makes me Igbo? Because I do not agree with Obasanjo’s view of where Yorubas stand?
        When Chinua Achebe wrote his last book attacking Chief Awolowo, I was one of millions of Yorubas who prayed to see the light. I vehemently disagreed with Achebe but I have also seen the light. Bertrand Russell advised us to change our minds upon convincing evidence. Yorubaland will be free and there is nothing you, Obasanjo, Tinubu or anyone else can do about it. This is going to be my last and only response to you. I have now categorized you with Trolls and retards such as Julius, Gbola, Bayo Ola, Mufu Ola, Kaysoyemi and Dareolu1. Enjoy your new status.

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      I am sure you also wash dollar too.
      You nor dey retire from job? Haba!

  • tsunami1earthquake

    Wailers should stop bellyaching. There is a difference between giving approval and going out to do it yourself. Buhari had done many things himself as the president but he never succeeded. But here is Osinbajo doing things by himself, without Buhari’s supervision, and succeeding. This is quite clear and there is no need wailing about it.

    What Osinbajo has done so far should set a template for Buhari to follow whenever he, Buhari, takes over the reins. What Osinbajo has done is to teach Buhari how to act, and act promptly and not the kind of phlegmatism and lassitude that characterized all Buhari had been doing.

    Yes, it is true that Osinbajo is acting on behalf of the entire presidency but Osinbajo is NOT Buhari; they are two individuals like two peas in a pod. But if anybody is bellyaching over Osinbajo’s prompt and accurate display of leadership, that wailer may as well go and hug one of those live transformers.

    • Extee2000

      @tsunami1earthquake:disqus

      Muhamadu Buhari
      has no leadership quality whatsoever. Neither knowledge nor formal
      education, not even a natural ability for articulateness or communicativeness.
      He could never get across to the populace or form an informed opinion on any subject
      and communicate it effectively to rally a despondent populace. Buhari is a
      waste of space. All those who enabled him into power – given less horrific choices
      in the shambolic APc party – are enemies of the nation. General Obasanjo and Bola
      Tinubu were two such mentally dissolute enablers who couldn’t and can’t still
      judge right from wrong. The unthinking populace that accepted Buhari’s
      endorsement from the duo was particularly suicidal. The result today is
      thorough-going economic destruction of Nigeria under a most ignorant leadership
      of dunces.

    • Julius

      You are making too much sense with these fools. It’s a waste of time. Read their post and laugh.

      • emmanuel

        Yorobber bigot. How did Buhari not succeed when he has the best hands all around him? Buhari will come back and shame you tribal bigots who hoped to reap from his incontinent leadership, by having your tribesman there. Nor worry your masters are at the game.
        Is three weeks enough to judge performance? I am not surprised, you did it in weeks when Buhari took over

    • abodes_124

      Not many live transformers around though. Maybe that will also improve.

  • emmanuel

    The President’s tribesmen are those who orchastrated the praise singing. It is alreadt backfiring. The sceme was not from any opposition. Even APC members from his own land were involved.
    Same people who sang Buhari’s praise two months into power began Osinbade’s own.

    • emmanuel

      Acting President

  • Arabakpura

    The best thing then for Buhari to do is to pretend that nothing is wrong with him and remain here! Once he goes on medical vacation, he should expect mischief to be set afoot!

    • Otile

      Yeah but his stay will drain the budget of Ministry of Health for the next 20 years. Can’t they bundle him home and save us the scarce forex?

  • muazu wali

    This reaction is most unnecessary. There seemes to be s set of mind in the Presidency that Nigerians are idiots.

  • Senator D

    Time to “smuggle” Buhari back into the country… Oya, Dambazzu and Buratai time to set the machinery in motion. Kai! These Yoruba people have started that same Goodluck Jonathan dance of over seven years ago…

  • Riseup Nigeria

    Honestly, to me, no citizen should ever worry himself again about weather bubu is alive or dead,whether he is critically sick or critically alive.
    Nigerians must start thanking God Almighty for His ultimate wisdom in given unto bubu a well packaged rest in peace in UK ,so that Nigerians shall have respite from the crushing pains ,trauma, deaths and agonies arising from buharis 18 months misadventures with nigerian nation.
    Nigerians have been relentless in their cries to God Almighty to save them from buharis evil yoke and burden ,and now that God has made a healthy ,fit as a fiddle buhari to proceed on an indefinite self imposed rest in peace,let’s thank God and celebrate while he takes his well deserved rest in peace .
    It is heart warming and a matter of gratitude to God that since buhari proceed on his rest,nigeria is making a very sound serious recovery from the evil pit where buharis bad governance cast her.
    In my area in Lagos ,the power supply have improved ,the prices of commodities are returning back gradually to pre buhari era,the killing of Nigerians by buharis Fulani kinsmen are abating seriously, FG are now apologizing to some parts of Nigeria for the fg unresponsive acts while Fulani murderers were killing them,there is now peace in the Niger delter because osibanjo is doing the right things now, visiting and dialoging with Nigerians whom buhari mocked and regarded and treated as 5% in their own country because of the choices they made in a democracy. The nations naira is bouncing back strong.
    Nigerians are now happy .
    No body is being persecuted for not agreeing with buharis myopic views anymore.
    May God please give buhari a very peaceful rest in London to make him at least stay put for some time so that the wounds,injuries and pains inflicted on Nigeria by buharis clannish, ethnic, religious, tribal,hate and parochial bigotry ,shall heal well well.
    May God never punish Nigerian nation again with anything or anybody that resembles buhari again ,now and forever. Amen.yea

    • Riseup Nigeria

      Ok

    • emmanuel

      Points for correction:
      1. Buhari is on medical exile.
      2. He did twenty months like in his first coming (FFK). Recall i had said the end of his second coming will be a
      disaster

  • veracityII

    These president’s men are totally unprofessional, and know nothing about democracy and free speech. Anyone that is not the president’s praise singer is a mischief maker.

  • packingson

    The problem of Nigerians is in London and its always comes from there

    • abodes_124

      We are grateful that all Osinbajo actions are at the direct instruction from his sickbed. When he does come back i wonder if he could have a long period of convalescence in Daura and continue directing Osinbajo from there. It does seem that team work of this pattern between them makes things happen a bit faster and also gives out better vibes to the citizenry. More importantly citizens feel safer for a change, Soldiers and Police have not murdered any citizens in the past 41 days.