Details Of Osinbajo’s Meeting With President Buhari Disclosed


Details of the meeting between the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and President Muhammadu Buhari in London have started to emerge with the focus being on the ministers.

Osinbajo had flown to London on Tuesday, July 11, to meet with President Buhari briefly in the UK where he is receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment.

According to The Nation, the focus was on national development especially as it affects the cabinet.

A presidency source who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the whole cabinet cannot be dissolved “because the nation cannot afford such a luxury now”. However, the source said, some ministers may be reshuffled.

It was also gathered that Osinbajo received approval for some appointment and major decisions.

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“There is likely shake-up of the cabinet in line with the new fast-pace focus of the Buhari administration. Some of the ministers cannot cope with the portfolios assigned to them”, the source said.

“Some ministers were also found to be behind the crisis of confidence between the Executive and the National Assembly.

“So, apart from dropping some, others may swap portfolios for efficiency. It is just some restructuring of the cabinet to ensure service delivery.

“Obviously, there is disquiet in the cabinet on this latest development. I think the likely changes in the cabinet accounted for the delay in inaugurating two ministers-designate.

“I cannot tell you when the changes will be effected but the cabinet shake-up came up as an item between the two leaders,” he added.

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Furthermore, it was disclosed that Osinbajo also briefed Buhari concerning some of the threat of secession. He was commended on his effort to keep the nation together so far and asked to continue to maintain the unity of Nigeria.

“The President endorsed all the consultations and actions taken by the Acting President and asked him to continue to take steps to keep Nigeria indivisible.

“The President was delighted that Osinbajo managed the threats to the nation’s unity with courage and maturity.”

“Osinbajo secured approval to take some decisions and make some appointments.”

“The President and the Acting President were together without any third party. And they had fruitful talks. We should expect some actions soon,” the source added.

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A member of the federal executive council said Osinbajo briefed them concerning Buhari’s health.

“The Acting President told us that there was no cause for alarm. He said the President had been recuperating well. We were all relieved because this first hand information was the most authentic we have got.”

Meanwhile, Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State and former Minister Femi Fani-Kayode have described Acting President Yemi Osinbajo’s meeting with President Buhari in London as an act of deceit.

Fayose described the meeting as another attempt by the All Progressives Congress (APC) government to deceive Nigerians on the President’s state of health while Fani-Kayode alleged that Osinbajo was feeding Nigerians lies, arguing that President Buhari will never return as President.

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