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16 Aug 2017

Meet Osinbajo, Am Not In Charge - Buhari Shuns Govt. Official In UK For Undermining The AgP - Presidency Confirms

The Presidency has eventually confirmed News Punch's report which claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari turned down some ministers and government officials who traveled to the United Kingdom for some official assignment, reverting them to meet the Acting President. Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

Mallam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, in an interview on Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily on Tuesday confirming the report said that ailing President Muhammadu Buhari recently turned back a government official from London where he is currently receiving medical attention for trying to undermine the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo.

News Punch had reported that President Muhammadu Buhari, has reportedly been resisting attempts by some government officials, including ministers to undermine Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, The Nation can now reveal.
He has refused to see such officials who sneak to the United Kingdom with files for his signature, it was gathered yesterday.

Shehu, however, said there is no truth that some ministers were shunning Osinbajo and reporting to Buhari in London where he has been since May 7.

He said the official, who he did not name, went to the President with some documents but he (Buhari) turned the official back.

He said Buhari made it clear to the official that the man (Osinbajo) that was in charge of the country was in Abuja.

“It is not true that ministers are going to the United Kingdom and are reporting to the President. I am aware that a senior official had gone to President Buhari in the UK with some documents to treat and the President said ‘no, I won’t. The man responsible for the country is in Abuja, go back to him,’” he said.

When told that there was the possibility for those appointed by the President to remain loyal to him, he said, “Anybody who says their loyalty will remain with the President who appointed them does not understand the country’s constitution.

“Once the President has transferred power, if you are the Inspector-General of Police and the Acting President says ‘go and do ABC,’ you are fined if you don’t do it. So, nobody will joke with his job.”

Shehu said the government official was not fined since the President had made his position clear.

“That is to show you that this is a law and order President. If it is a President that wants power for his own sake, he could probably have been giving directives from there. But he said ‘no, I can’t give directives. I have handed over to the Acting President,’” he added.

Shehu insisted that Buhari had not done anything wrong by not disclosing his health status.

He said Nigerians could only hold him responsible if he had promised them earlier that he would make full disclosure of his health status in all circumstances.

Shehu recalled that Buhari promised to declare his asset publicly and he did so despite advice from many lawyers that there was no basis for him to do so.
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