Speaking on Friday while receiving political leaders in the State House shortly after his return to Nigeria, President Buhari however, commended the work done so far by Osinbajo in his absence. He said;
“Youth and intellect is squarely behind him. Continue to do the work, Nigeria will continue whether we are here or not.”
Mr. Buhari said he has his age and experience but strongly encouraged the vice president to step up activities in critical sectors of the country.
“Age and purely military experience is behind me. And my single most important advice is for you to take education of everybody under you very seriously. We must do more on education.”
Osinbajo, acted as Nigeria’s President from January 19 to March 9 in the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari who was on a medical vacation in the United Kingdom.
On his part, Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, admitted that his time as acting president was interesting and at the same time, challenging.
While speaking at the First Lady’s Wing of the Presidential Villa during the 30-minute reception shortly after Buhari’s arrival, Osinbajo thanked the president for the confidence he had in him to commit the country to his hands. Hear him:
“Mr President, again on behalf of the Federal Executive Council, we welcome you back home. We are very grateful to God that you are back home hale and hearty.
“Mr President, I must say that personally, this has been very interesting few days for me.
“First, I must say that I want to thank you very much for the confidence reposed in me by handing over the reins of government to me in the capacity of acting president.
“I think more important is that you demonstrated the belief in our system which is even more important than anything else.
“The constitution, which we all swore to, is important because it outlines the code of conduct. I want to say not only am I, but I am sure the entire nation is grateful to you.
“For me, I must say that it has been an interesting period going around the nation maybe because the roads are bad. I must say I had a very interesting and challenging time; but above all, the president gave us the good support.”
While acting as president for over 50 days in Buhari’s absence, Prof. Osinbajo’s capacity had seen him swear in a new Chief Justice of Nigeria, sign seven bills into law, criss-cross the restive Niger-Delta to appease the oil-producing communities, amongst other critical national assignments.
The vice president’s pace of action was commended by several Nigerians, prompting many including the international community to suggest that he continues playing the major roles in the government.
However, a statement from the State House said Buhari will officially write to the National Assembly to notify senators of his intention to reassume his opposition as president.