Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, said that the office of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, has been rendered useless, impotent and irrelevant by some very powerful persons.
Spokesperson of the group, Yinka Odumakin made this statement during an interview with The PUNCH yesterday September 18th. Recall that the Economic Management Team which was chaired by the Vice President was suddenly dissolved on Monday September 16th and replaced with an advisory council that would report directly to President Buhari. Many Nigerians cried foul immediately this happen, with claims that Osinbajo is being stripped off his powers. The Cable on Tuesday September 17th, published a report claiming that the Presidency had sent out a memo to the Vice President instructing him to always seek presidential approval before taking any action under the agencies he oversees.
Reacting to the recent events in the Presidency, Odumakin said
“We are watching as events unfold. We are studying the situation, but we must also not muddle up issues. For now, we will not jump into any premature conclusion that this is about 2023 alone. We will need more information to know whether it is political or whether there was abuse of office or process. But the barrage of the last 48 hours shows that there is something wrong. We will wait to have all the facts because we don’t want to say a Yoruba man is being attacked.
“They may have had a justifiable reason to do so; but we are taking note of every development and at the appropriate time, we will make our position known. But clearly, what has happened is that the VP’s office has been rendered impotent, useless and irrelevant.”