The Oasis Reporters
September 21, 2019
As Nigeria’s embattled Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo went to pay condolences at the funeral service of Mrs Moroluke Fakoyede, mother of the Secretary to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ola Olukoyede at Saint Luke’s Anglican Church, Ikere-Ekiti, Ekiti state, Friday September 20, he revealed that there are people he described as saboteurs working against the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in the country, then added that Buhari inherited a debased economy from the immediate past administration of Dr Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 saying this had actually prevented some of the steps taken by President Buhari to manifest on the wellbeing of poor Nigerians.
At the event, ordinary Ekiti citizens chuckled despite the supposed sombre atmosphere of a funeral, because they knew that the Vice President probably did not factor in the fact that he was in a State that was governed by former President Jonathan’s People’s Democratic Party, PDP, before it was lost to the APC and are therefore well acquainted with the governance of Jonathan who took the Nigerian economy to the topmost position in Africa, made Nigeria the number one destination for Foreign Direct Investment, FDI and gingered up domestic production, such that wholly new businesses like Innoson Automobile Engineering company, started the production of cars, buses, trucks, etc and Nigeria became a net exporter of cement, from the previously held position of being a net importer.
The economy started hemorrhaging only when President Buhari changed the Jonathan led policies on foreign exchange remittances and consequently, the sources dried up, leading to a quarter on quarter economic decline that landed Nigeria into an unprecedented recession, with soaring food prices and the exit of confidence on the economy.
Ironically, while President Muhammadu Buhari was away on medical vacation, Osinbajo relaxed some of the Buhari policies that seemed like a throwback at the1984/85 policies of his stint as head of state, and the economy went on the way to slight recovery.
Osinbajo was at the head of the APC led government’s Economic Council. The council he headed has been set aside, with a new one constituted and prominent economic policy players and influencers under the PDP like Bismarck Rewane, Charles Soludo etc, made the list. Osinbajo was not even considered.
Yet he said, “This country requires everybody to be on board to work hard. I belong to All Progressives Congress (APC), a party that belongs to Chief Obafemi Awolowo. It is not true that President Buhari does not know how to govern, it is not because we have not done enough.
“There are saboteurs and many fifth columnists working against us, but we are going to triumph”.
Buhari’s first adventurism into politics was as a military dictator, under whom Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s home was raided, and the elder statesman, grossly humiliated.
Coincidentally, Yemi Osinbajo’s wife is Chief Awolowo’s granddaughter. And then General Buhari was to tell a newspaper interviewer that it was too late to apologize to Chief Awolowo over the humiliation he received under his (Buhari’s military government) since the elder statesman was already dead. But that there were “fifth columnists” in his then military regime that masterminded the humiliation of the elder statesman, to cast the regime in bad light.
And this was in 2003.
Rather curious that Osinbajo would pick those same words Buhari used over 30 years ago to reuse in a contemporary scenario, when his relationship with his principal doesn’t appear too good in the analytical view of political watchers.
The Vice president went on to say:
“The concern of President Buhari and APC and those of us in his government are for Nigeria to move forward and we shall achieve this.
“All the good social investment programmes like tradermoni, the N-power and others will soon start to bear fruits and manifest. We are all going to benefit from Buhari’s administration.”