The Presidency has disclosed that Acting President Yemi Osinbajo consults President Muhammadu Buhari on major issues before taking decisions.
This is even as it has described the comparison, on who is a better manager between Osinbajo and Buhari as thoughtless and handiwork of opposition to cause division in the presidency and prevent Nigerians from enjoying the benefits they voted for.
Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Babafemi Ojodu, said these yesterday, during an interactive session with newsmen at the State House, Abuja.
He said current policies positively affecting the economy are manifestations of hard work in the past.
Ojudu insisted that Buhari and Osinbajo ran on a joint ticket and both men are implementing party manifestos presented to Nigerians during campaigns.
He said there’s nothing the vice president has done as acting president that was not started by the president.
“A good example is the Niger Delta initiative; the president called the vice president and said, I am giving you the mandate to go to the Niger Delta and meet with every stakeholder, all the communities, talk to the militants and make sure you solve this problem for the benefit of Nigerians,” Ojodu said.
He said the nation loses about 1.2 million barrels of oil per day as a result of the gas pipelines being blown up by militants.
“The president has said unless and until we resolve this problem, we will not get out of recession. The vice president took up the mandate and went to the Niger Delta. It is the initiative of Mr. President not that of vice president.
Asked if he was implying that Osinbajo has been consulting Buhari, Ojodu replied: “Almost on a daily basis, yes. On major decisions he has to consult Mr. President. The president is still the president.”
On the insinuation that Osinbajo is not in charge, he said: “He is in charge, but like I said earlier on, this is a joint ticket, the president of Nigeria remains the president of Nigeria. The president and vice president work together and I know they both have confidence in this nation.”
Meanwhile, in Umuahia yesterday Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said President Buhari is neither critically ill nor in life-threatening situation, stressing there is no cause for alarm.