Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, has said recent developments indicate that the office of the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo has been rendered useless, impotent and irrelevant.
The group however said it would be too early to speculate if Osinbajo’s ordeal was caused by any misdemeanour on his part or if it was based on permutations ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Afenifere’s spokesperson, Yinka Odumakin, said this during an interview with The PUNCH on Wednesday.
“We are watching as events unfold. We are studying the situation but we must also not muddle up issues. For now, we will not jump into any premature conclusion that this is about 2023 alone. We will need to know if we will need more information to know whether it is political or whether there was abuse of office or process
“But the barrage of the last 48 hours shows that there is something wrong. We will wait to have all the facts because we don’t want to say a Yoruba man is being attacked.
“They may have had a justifiable reason to do so. But we are taking note of every development and at the appropriate time, we will make our position known. But clearly, what has happened is that the VP’s office has been rendered impotent, useless and irrelevant.”
The Economic Management Team led by Osinbajo was suddenly dissolved on Monday and replaced with an advisory council that would report directly to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Bare 24 hours later, online news medium, TheCable, reported sighting a memo in which the President instructed the Vice-President henceforth, seek presidential approvals before taking any action over agencies under his (Osinbajo’s) supervision.
Currently, Osinbajo is the chairman of the governing boards of the National Emergency Management Agency, the National Boundary Commission, the Border Communities Development Agency and the Niger Delta Power Holding Company a limited liability company owned by the three tiers of government.
There are also reports that some of Osinbajo’s aides had been transferred out of the Presidential Villa and seconded to some Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
Apart from a press release saying the changes were not due to misappropriation as alleged in some quarters, the he vice-president has so far remained silent on the development.