The Oasis Reporters
February 22, 2019
In denying the rumors that he has resigned from office as he was not in attendance at the nation’s Security Council meeting, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s Vice President has let it be known that he was very busy.
Pundits have been wondering if the briefing Osinbajo got was exactly the same resolutions arrived on security matters behind his back and without his input.
This worry by pundits comes against the backdrop of the lopsided nature of security chiefs appointments, whereby majority of command appointments are held by northern Muslims which has not reflected the religious, cultural, ethnic and regional diversities of Nigeria. Besides the Chief of Naval Staff who is from the south, General Gabriel Olonisakin is the only other Southerner as Chief of Defense Staff. The rest, including the Inspector General of Police are all northern Muslims, taking security decisions for all Nigerians.
This has prompted a snide remark from Ayodele Fayose, former governor of Ekiti State who said, “during the election campaign they sent him everywhere to meet market women, and move from house to house.
When there is important security meeting to attend, they sidelined him and gave him documents to photocopy. That has become the situation of our son Osinbajo”.
Fayose’s statement is currently trending in the social media, as well as many other similar remarks lampooning the topic and Osinbajo’s sidelining at the meeting.
Osinbajo said the rumours are all part of propaganda which stems from his absence at the last security meeting in Abuja explaining that he was too busy in his office while the meeting was underway, adding that the same security chiefs that met with the President held a meeting with him on the same day.
Osinbajo took to social media to debunk the speculations, describing them as ‘Fake News’ saying: “Misleading/FAKE news is on the rise especially in this season when Nigerians will make a choice about who will govern them for the next four years. I have not resigned!
“I remain committed to the service of the Nigerian people under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.”
According to Prof Osinbajo, those who peddled the lies about his resignation said he flared up because he was not at the security meeting and had to resign.
Osinbajo urged Nigerians to disregard such information, reiterating that he remains the Vice President of the country and running mate of President Muhammadu Buhari for the forthcoming elections.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s New Media aide, Bashir Ahmed, has also debunked same rumour on his Twitter handle.
All the calls by well meaning Nigerians for the nation’s Security architecture to reflect the diversity in the country has fallen on deaf ears, even up to the eve of elections in which Nigerians will make a choice on who leads them for the next four years.