Prof. Yemi Osinbajo spoke about his relationship with President Buhari during a visit to Katsina to launch the state’s Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises Clinic.
At a palace reception hosted by the Emir of Katsina, Dr. Abdulmumini Kabir Usman, the Acting President stated that Buhari had been treating him as a brother and son. In his words:
“One of the reasons why I feel very much at home in Katsina State is because this is the State of our President, President Muhammadu Buhari, who has taken me more like a brother; in fact sometimes more like a son than a Vice President.”
Osinbajo outlined that the responsibilities Buhari gave him are proofs that he seriously believes that we can live as brothers in this country.
He also commended the Government and people of Katsina State for being role models in terms of peaceful co-existence of all ethnic tribes and religions in the State.
But a former Minister of Aviation and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Femi-Fani Kayode has attacked the Acting President for his comment.
Fani-Kayode who reacted through his Twitter handle on Thursday night said it was disappointing for a 60-year-old to publicly make such a statement. He wrote:
“The President treats me like his son and his brother – VP. A 60-year-old man can say this? We are in trouble.”
At the Katsina State’s MSMES Clinic launch, Osinbajo stressed that the Federal Government’s newly launched Economic Recovery & Growth Plan (EGRP) places a high premium on the nation’s capacity to grow it’s export potentials rather than continue on the unsustainable path of total dependence on import.
According to him, the focus of the Plan is to develop “the capacity of Nigerians to do everything that we need internally; to become a net exporter of the various things that we are importing today.”
Prof Osinbajo explained that the Federal Government’s reason for the inauguration of the MSMEs Clinics that is now going around major cities in the country is because it was designed to give small businesses the opportunity to meet with the industry regulators, to talk to them and to hear their problems.
The Acting President explained that the idea of the MSMES clinics which he has personally attended for the fourth time now is the Buhari administration’s effort to close the gap between MSMES and relevant FG regulatory agencies like NAFDAC, CAC, SON, BOI, FIRS and others and ensure that those agencies become facilitators of businesses not obstacles to business development.
Accompanying Prof Osinbajo to Katsina where he declared the MSMEs Clinic open were; the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Hajia Aisha Abubakar, Chairman of Federal Inland Revenue Service, Babatunde Fowler and Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu.