Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari recently went
on vacation, leaving his vice, Yemi Osinbajo, at the
helm of affairs.
It was not clear whether Osinbajo was caught off guard.
As at the time Buhari’s short break became public
knowledge, the acting president was in Lagos for the
‘Holy Ghost Night’ programme of the Redeemed
Christian Church of God (RCCG). The following day,
he headed for Jerusalem Mission House International in
Makurdi, Benue State, for a wedding ceremony.
And on Monday when Osinbajo fully resumed as
Acting President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,
those who had expected him to move into the
President’s Wing of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa
were in for a surprise as he chose to operate from the
Vice President’s Wing. As his office abruptly turned a
beehive of activity, Buhari’s office was,
understandably, virtually deserted.
State governors and ministers who are regular visitors
to the Aso Presidential Rock Villa, ostensibly to brief
the president on matters affecting their respective states,
stopped coming during this period for unknown
Osinbajo however hit the ground running early Monday
morning with a closed-door meeting with a delegation
of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative,
(EITI), a global body assessing transparency level of
nations’ oil, gas and mineral resources. The session
afforded him the opportunity to reiterate the
administration’s commitment to transparency and good
He also played host to a delegation of the Nigeria
Leadership Initiative (NLI) and reassured of the federal
government’s determination to rehabilitate and rebuild
Osinbajo on Tuesday received a delegation of the
Senate which was at the Presidential Villa on a
consultation visit over the 2016 budget proposal, the
Money Laundering Bill and other bills currently before
the National Assembly.
Osinbajo also on Tuesday received a delegation of the
United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS),
led by its Executive Director, Michel Sidibe. He
assured of effective primary healthcare centres across
He rounded off his six-day reign with a directive that
security be beefed up at all the internally displaced
persons camps in the country.