The Presidency has urged Nigerians to see the administration of Acting President Yemi Osinbajo as an extension of the President Muhammadu Buhari government and to stop comparing their performance in office since the President started his prolonged medical vacation.
In an interview with State House correspondents on Monday, Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Babafemi Ojudu said there is no basis for such comparison as both the President and Acting President work as a team, adding that Osinbajo consults with Buhari before taking any action
Ojudu said, “The same people who said we never had economic team, no policy, nothing are the ones saying this.
“It is now that the policies we are implementing are maturing and they are seeing the result. It is not a question of one person being better than the other person.
“There is nothing that has been done since the Vice-President started acting that is not something that started far back in the past. A good example is the Niger Delta initiative.
“The President called the Vice-President and said ‘I am giving you the mandate, go into the Niger Delta and meet with everyone who is a stakeholder, all the communities, talk to the militants and make sure you solve this problem for the benefits of Nigerians.’
“We are losing 1.2 million barrels of oil per day, all the gas pipelines powering the turbines are being blown up.
And the President has said unless and until we resolve this problem we will not get out of recession. The VP took up the mandate and went to the Niger Delta, it is the initiative of Mr. President not that of the Vice-President.
“These are mischief makers, those who do not wish this country well, who are always promoting crisis, who will not allow the people to benefit from this democracy. They are the ones promoting this kind of divisive tendencies.”