Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari recently went on vacation, leaving his vice, Yemi Osinbajo, at the helm of affairs.
It was not clear whether Osinbajo was caught off guard. As at the time Buhari’s short break became public knowledge, the acting president was in Lagos for the ‘Holy Ghost Night’ programme of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG). The following day, he headed for Jerusalem Mission House International in Makurdi, Benue State, for a wedding ceremony.
And on Monday when Osinbajo fully resumed as Acting President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, those who had expected him to move into the President’s Wing of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa were in for a surprise as he chose to operate from the Vice President’s Wing. As his office abruptly turned a beehive of activity, Buhari’s office was, understandably, virtually deserted.
State governors and ministers who are regular visitors to the Aso Presidential Rock Villa, ostensibly to brief the president on matters affecting their respective states, stopped coming during this period for unknown reasons.
Osinbajo however hit the ground running early Monday morning with a closed-door meeting with a delegation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, (EITI), a global body assessing transparency level of nations’ oil, gas and mineral resources. The session afforded him the opportunity to reiterate the administration’s commitment to transparency and good governance.
He also played host to a delegation of the Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI) and reassured of the federal government’s determination to rehabilitate and rebuild the insurgency-riddledNorth-east.
Osinbajo on Tuesday received a delegation of the Senate which was at the Presidential Villa on a consultation visit over the 2016 budget proposal, the Money Laundering Bill and other bills currently before the National Assembly.
Osinbajo also on Tuesday received a delegation of the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), led by its Executive Director, Michel Sidibe. He assured of effective primary healthcare centres across the country.
He rounded off his six-day reign with a directive that security be beefed up at all the internally displaced persons camps in the country.
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