The gradual political sterilisation of Nigeria’s harried Vice President, Yemi Osibanjo, shifted gears Tuesday as a memo from the president further degraded Mr Osibanjo’s office and the perquisites that come with it.
In a “breaking news” yesterday, Nigeria’s Vanguard, a newspaper quoting another newspaper said:
“Buhari takes charge of his govt, orders Osinbajo to seek approval for agencies under him
TheCable who exposed the memo that contains the directive, noted that under the laws setting up the agencies, the president is empowered to give final approval.
Apparently, Osinbajo is the chairman of the board of directors of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company NDPHC.
He is equally the chairman of the National Economic Council (NEC), a constitutional body made up of state governors and key federal government officials, as well as the National Council on Privatisation NCP.
He is the chairman of the governing boards of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the National Boundary Commission (NBC) and the Border Communities Development Agency (BCDA)
Sections 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 24 of the NEMA act provide that “funding, expenditure, contract awards and regulations” must receive presidential approval.
Sections 24, 25, 27, 28 and 33 of the NBC act empower the president to direct on annual reports, annual accounts, power to borrow and power to invest
Under the BCDA law, the president also has similar powers.
“Suffice it to say the president has finally taken control of his government,” a minister said.”
Mr Buhari’s famed cabal are rumoured to be behind the latest harassment. Some conspiracy theories ( and we like those theories on this page for a long as they remain theories) say that the idea is to lean on him hard enough to force a resignation. If that sounds too far flung to you, then you are very new to the intrigues of the shadows behind Mohammadu Buhari.
Osibanjo’s original sin.
Each time he acted as president, Mr Osibanjo, somehow outshone the president in economic policy. Even herdsmen and allied killers also seemed to quieten and put all attempts at mayhem on hold until Mr Buhari came back. As people couldn’t help but make comparisons, the cabal didn’t like that Nigerians prefer a tyranny supervised by the Pastor to that of Buhari’s.
Another theory also went and still goes that Mr Osibanjo was imposed on Buhari on purpose by Bola Tinubu in the hope that the ailing president will meet with a sort of misfortune. And everyone knows what the law says should a misfortune happen. And being aware of this, the cabal made sure that Mr Osibanjo knew his limits. He was told how far he could go.
When news came that he was being overseen by the cabals, Mr Osibanjo said that no cabals existed. “I am still looking for the “Aso Rock Cabal “. Cabals are meant to be secret”, he said, April 13,2017. As guilty feet lack rhythms, Mr Osibanjo didn’t realise the intrinsic contradiction in his statements.
Another theory goes : When the cabal wanted to move cash, they dumped them in a house in Ikoyi ,Lagos and blew the whistle that the opposition had hidden money in a tower. Soon, the head of Nigerian Intelligence Agencies, NIA, Femi Old, said his outfit owned the money. It was for covert operations etc.
Other guys in government, the DSS for instance, had their own ideas. But the real theives, the cabal, put Mr Osibanjo in charge of investigations. It soon consumed the NIA head, Mr Osibanjo’s kinsman. And the money? The owners took it. And nothing was ever heard of the case.
Another theory comes like this: When the cabal wanted to steal the money meant for regions damaged by Boko Haram, ( and this will even raise the blood pressure of Aisha Buhari) they used the office of the Vice President. When the noise came, Mr Osibanjo took the fall. And so on and so on..
And to keep him in check, the cabal had Mr Osibanjo indicted for fraud by Nigeria’s House of Representatives.
You’d think that the former lawyer and pastor would have had enough? No way. Recall how Buhari ” is like a father to him”?
In 2017, a man named a dog after Mr Buhari in Ogun state, Nigeria and and Buhari’s shadows did not like the compliment or insult depending on whose side you are on. We also learned that the cabal wasn’t happy that Mr Osibanjo didn’t get his own pet.
The trouble with Osibanjo is not Mr Buhari’s cabal, whoever they are. Mr Osibanjo is one of those people who lose everything, including themselves, when you give them a little power. And more worryingly, Mr Osibanjo has largely used his power against his own religion and people. He has, as a result, incured the disdain of his people.
Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, one of his nemesis twitted that;
Despite his constant fawning on @MBuhari, his cowardly and quisling disposition and his penchant to defend the indefensible, @ProfOsinbajo seems to have been relegated and treated with disdain and contempt by the object of his praise and the recipient of his worship…(1/2)
…First he is thrown off the Economic Team,then some parastatals are removed from his supervision and finally he is told that he must get presidential approval for any expenses he seeks to incur. This is what happens when you hold yourself out cheaply to those who despise you.
In an article yesterday, we wrote about how Mr Osibanjo rains on his own parade. When he fell to the ground last year in a decrepit helicopter ( there were several official types being used by the ,well, cabal) he got up, changed his clothes and continued the “mission of my party”. And in the wake of the plateau massacre of last summer, Osibanjo defended Mr Buhari when he paid a condolence visit. “Killings didn’t start with Buhari . Those who lost their lives will be compensated”.
Mr Osibanjo knows that he was/is dealing with a mafia and wrongly believed that he will remain relevant after the tribunal said Mr Buhari won.
I hear that his people, Afenifere, have written a joint letter to the presidency the fulcrum of which is why their son had his office castrated. They are wasting their time: Mr Osibanjo led himself to the slaughter.