Buhari’s top aide in trouble over attempt to usurp Osinbajo’s powers
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Dogara, NGF chair before travelling
A top aide of President Muhammadu Buhari is in trouble over the role
he allegedly played prior to the departure of the president to the United
Kingdom for medical treatment, last week.
There were indications that the aide, who has already courted many
controversies for the Presidency, might be probed for the latest action and
other scandals he had been enmeshed in since being put in the key post in
A top government source said that the latest offence that got Buhari very
upset was the attempt by the said aide to breach the clear provisions of the
Constitution regarding the transfer of power to the Vice President ahead of
Buhari’s departure, last week, for his medical follow-up in the United Kingdom.
The source explained that although the President had upon his last visit
to the U.K. personally told Nigerians that he would after his 49-day stay in
London soon return there for a follow-up, the said official deliberately refused
to share the information with other key aides of the president like the NSA,
media aides and even the Office of the Vice President.
It was learned that it was not until the day of departure of Buhari that he
himself kept asking about the whereabouts of his Vice that his aides who were
around, hurriedly put a call to Osinbajo to urgently meet with the number one citizen.
It was gathered that Buhari also personally put a call to the Senate President,
Dr. Bukola Saraki, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara
and the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum and Governor of Zamfara
State, Abdulazia Yari Abubakar, to meet him at the Villa before his departure.
“The president actually insisted on calling the top government officials to come
over to his residence that night to meet with him before his departure to
ensure that there was clear understanding that he was travelling and wanted
every relevant official of the administration to know about his trip and to demonstrate
his full compliance with the laws of Nigeria.
“Mr. President did not want to be dictated to by the said official, who had earlier
suggested to him that the transfer of power to the Vice President should be
limited, while he should be empowered by the President to act as a liaison
between the Presidency and the National Assembly, during Buhari’s absence.
The source said, “In fact, the man in question had actually drafted a letter
meant for the president’s signature two days to Buhari’s departure, stating
that “the powers of the Acting President be limited” while he
(the aide in question) be authorized to coordinate things in a
“broad sense until Buhari returns.
“In the letter drafted by the controversial official for Buhari to sign, the
officer also suggested that Osinbajo be restrained from taking any action
on the Economy, Foreign Currency operations and the Central Bank of
Nigeria among other strategic agencies of the government pending the
return of Buhari. “Mr. President however shocked the aide largely believed
to have won his heart by promptly rejecting the suggestions by taking the
unprecedented bold step to personally meet with his Vice and the
NASS leaders and brief them on the transfer of power to his Vice before
leaving Nigeria for the U.K.
“It was at the meeting that Buhari pointedly asked Osinbajo to take full
control of the administration and to have a free hand to run the system untill
his return to Nigeria, something that rattled the powerful aide, who is said to
be rooting for the creation of a cabal in the Presidency for his pecuniary
interest,” the source said.
Top government sources hinted that the President himself might have starte
d losing confidence in the said aide when he constituted the panel which
probed the suspended Secretary to Government of the Federation, SGF,
and the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, without
involving the beleaguered aide.
“On that particular occasion, unlike before, Buhari personally drafted
the statement in conjunction with his media aides announcing the
suspension of the two men and the composition of a panel to probe
them without the knowledge of the aide in question. “It was after
announcement by the President that most other aides got to know about
the suspension of Ayo Oke and David Babachir. This explains why even
the embattled SGF himself ironically asked, “which Presidency?” when
confronted by State House reporters after the news was broken.