President Muhammadu Buhari has come under fire from Nigerians for signing the Amended Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Bill on a private visit to the United Kingdom.
The President flew out of the country on October 28 in the first leg of the trip to Saudi Arabia, while the second leg was as a private visit to London, started on November 2. He will be away from Nigeria till November 17.
Commenting on Buhari’s action, Afenifere said the fact that the President’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, travelled to London to present memos and bills to Buhari showed that Osinbajo was practically out of Buhari’s government.
The spokesman for Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, told The PUNCH that the seeming demotion of Osinbajo was part of the next level strategy of Buhari.
Odumakin said, “This is evidence that Nigeria is now under one man’s rule. You can see that the National Assembly is a rubber stamp while the judiciary has been cowed. The Vice-President is practically out and that is all part of the next level.”
The Afenifere spokesman told Osinbajo not to be deceived by the words of the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Farouk Umar, who had last week commended the loyalty of the Vice-President to the President and described their relationship as unequalled in the history of the country.
“Those who think that the Emir of Daura passed a vote of confidence in Osinbajo should go find out the meaning of ‘Taqiya.’”.