Presidential sources have on Wednesday, quoted Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, of being too scared to take major decisions, without consulting President Muhamamdu Buhari, through the phone, in the United Kingdom, UK, where he resides.
“He (Osinbajo) is so scared to offend President Buhari, to the extent that he takes no major action, without consent from him through the phone”, said a Presidency official, who confided in Sahara Reporters.
This exposure came in the aftermath of the Wednesday’s assigning of portfolios to two Ministers, three afters months after their confirmation by the Senate.
Sahara Reporters revealed that Osinbajo still seeks approval from Buhari or his Chief of Staff.
“He flew to London for a few hours last month, to get Buhari’s approval to appoint two Ministers who had been already cleared by Parliament”, the official said.
“During the meeting, Buhari even asked Osinbajo to give the Ministers no portfolio, as he wanted to assign them himself after his return”, he added.
“Moreover, when Osinbajo tried to appoint a new board for an anti-corruption commission, he had to withdraw his candidates, because Buhari’s Aides did not like two names”, the official said.
“Buhari has kept a grip on power, despite his medical leave, and the more business-friendly Osinbajo has been reluctant to challenge him.
“This has gone as far as him flying to London to get permission for personnel changes.
“We don’t expect any deviation from the current economic policy stance, should President Buhari return”, said Cobus de Hart, a Senior Economist at South Africa’s NKC African Economics.
“One could hope that the return of the President, goes hand in hand with an acceleration of reform implementation, but we doubt this will be the case.”
Osinbajo, who has been running Nigeria since Buhari went to Britain, on May 7, and also ran it between January and March, has made some changes nonetheless