Princess Hadiza Ibrahim, a former presidential aspirant, has revealed that a perceived cabal in the Nigerian polity may ask Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to resign.
Appealing to Osinbajo not to resign under any circumstance, Hadiza stressed that the Acting President cannot afford to betray the confidence Nigerians reposed in his joint mandate with President Muhammadu Buhari.
Speaking to the Daily Sun in Ibadan, on Wednesday, Hadiza Ibrahim reiterated that she believes in Buhari and Osinbajo’s joint mandate. When asked if the perceived cabal might want to use the National Assembly to impeach Osinbajo, Hadiza said:
“Why would the National Assembly impeach Osinbajo? For what offence? I Hadiza Ibrahim will not agree to that. I am crying out now. The change we asked for is a reality. It is a change for progress, and a change to move the country forward. It is not a change for different things.
“I believe in the Buhari and Osinbajo joint mandate. I am crying now because I don’t understand where things are going to in Nigeria now. The cabal may ask him to resign, let me use this medium to tell him, he should not. Osinbajo has a mandate because we voted for Buhari and him. The mandate will last until May 29, 2019. So, he should not be coerced to resign so that he would not betray the confidence we have in him.”
Expressing confidence that President Buhari meant well for the country, Hadiza further urged Nigerians to note that the mandate given to President Buhari is not just for him but a joint mandate for Buhari and Osinbajo.
“Vividly, by the analysis probably done by me, if Buhari and somebody else and not Osinbajo had contested the presidential election in 2015, Buhari might not have come to power. I believe Osinbajo is God-sent. He is a pastor an I see him as a prophet too because is so simple.
“I am sure God wants to use Osinbajo to rectify this country. So, I believe in Buhari/Osinbajo joint mandate. I want to give Osinbajo this advice that under no circumstance because of our vote and the trust we put in the joint ticket with Buhari, he should not resign. The votes that brought them to power were for Buhari and Osinbajo. He should not disappoint us.
“I cast my vote because it is Buhari/Osinbajo. The vote is a debt on them. So, they should have the fear of God. So, Osinbajo should not resign, no matter what. The cabal should have the fear of God.
“Osinbajo should not be afraid of any threat from anywhere. Nobody is above God. Since he is a man of God, he should stand by God. He should not be forced to resign and he should not resign on his own. He should continue to hold the mandate for President Buhari. When the Buhari gets well, he should hand over to him. But in the absence of Buhari, he should not be forced to resign.”
Stressing that she really believed in Yemi Osinbajo, Hadiza recalled the first time he was the Acting President. “In that little time that Buhari was away on medical vacation recently, Osinbajo tried his best for this country. The value of naira appreciated. I am sure with time again, the value of naira will be on a higher side and dollar will be on a lower side,” she said.
Extolling Osinbajo further, Hadiza said apart from ensuring the appreciation of the naira value, he also toured the Niger Delta area of the country with a view to ensuring that militants stopped blowing up gas pipelines and other activities inimical to the progress of Nigeria.
She added that there were results but advised Osinbajo against continuing that way because the ‘cabals’ cannot be trusted.