Afenifere, the pan Yoruba socio-cultural group have accused Buhari government of having practically sidelined vice president Yemi Osinbajo. It says the fact that the president’s chief of staff Mr abba Kyari would travel to London to present memos to the president for his approval, shows the vice president is no more part of the government.
A spokesman for Afenifere Mr Yinka Odumakin said that there is a plan by the Buhari government to demote the Vice President in the running of the government.
The spokesman was responding to questions on why the president did not hand over to his vice while embarking on a private visit, as he had done on his previous trips outside the country.
The Afenifere spokesman said “This is evidence that Nigeria is now under one man’s rule. You can see that the national assembly is a rubber stamp and the judiciary has been cowed. The vice president is practically out and this is all part of the next level”
He asked Osinbajo not to be blinded by the words of the emir of Daura, Alhaji Faruk Umar. last week, the Emir had commended the vice president for his loyalty to President Buhari while describing their relationship as unequalled.
He went on to say that “those who think that the emir of Daura passed a vote of confidence on Osinbajo should go find out the meaning of taqiya “
When asked if Afenifere is unhappy with the seeming demotion of Osinbajo, who is from the south-west, odumakin said “Yoruba people say a hunchback says God is not smiling on him but is the part which he is using to face God with the good part? “
Since winning re-election in February Buhari has not handed power to Osinbajo during his foreign trips even when its unofficial visits.
Osinbajo took the reigns of power in 2016, 2017 and 2018 while Buhari was outside the country.