Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday evening, jokingly thanked Senate President Bukola Saraki for not taking advantage of the vacuum in power before the presidential inauguration.
Osinbajo stated this at the inauguration dinner held at the State House Banquet Hall, sending attendants at the dinner into laughter.
He said: “Something interesting happened earlier today; I am a lawyer and a law teacher and I like to test and interrogate legal scenarios.
“At one minute past midnight today, the four-year term of the President and I ended by effluxion of time.
“So, from one minute past 12 of last night, May 29 to about 10:30 am when we were sworn in for a second term there was no President or Vice President.
“Interestingly nothing went wrong, all was okay; when such a situation arises, it is the Senate President who acts as President.
“So, when I arrived at Eagle Square this morning, some may have noticed that the Senate President and I were enjoying a joke.
“He said to me jokingly `you better be careful you know I am the acting President now’; so, we thank the Senate President for not doing anything funny.’’
Osinbajo said that the beauty of democracy was the orderly and civilised process of transition and more importantly, the sanctity of and respect for the will and choice of the people.
He said that on Feb. 23, the Nigerian people freely made a choice to re-elect Buhari for a second term in office.
The vice-president expressed gratitude to God and Nigerians for trusting the administration yet again as that trust would not be betrayed.
“And so on behalf of the President, please accept our deepest gratitude for your support and presence here this evening.
“The best years of Nigeria begin today, and by the Grace of God all of us will live to enjoy the coming years and many more,” he said.