By Levinus Nwabughiogu
ABUJA-Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has formally relinquished power to President Muhammadu Buhari, saying he is now fully in charge of the affairs of the country.
Osinbajo had been acting on Buhari’s behalf since January 19 the President traveled to London on medical vacation.
Buhari however returned to the country last Friday after 51 days of sojourn abroad.
Speaking when State House correspondents approached him on his way from the President’s office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Monday, Osinbajo said that the president was in high spirit for work.
According to the Vice President, the meeting which lasted for about an hour was meant to bring the president up-to-speed on recent happenings.
The brief interview went thus:
Journalists: How is the President doing?
Osinbajo: He is very well. We just had a very long meeting where, basically, trying to bring the President up to speed as to some of the things we have done while he was away. And he has given a few directives on what we should be doing on so many areas; the north east, budget, the economy, a wide range of issues.
Journalists: So would you say he is ready for work?
Osinbajo: He held a meeting with me for over an hour where we discussed a wide range of issues. So his readiness for work is not in doubt at all. In fact he has over ready.
Journalists: Have you handed over back to him?
Osinbajo: Oh yes! I’m back to my regular position as vice president.
Journalists: Was he impressed with the way you handled the country while he was away?
Osinbajo: I think the president was reasonably satisfied.
Journalists: Some are saying because of his health we will see a lot of delegation of duty is that true?
Osinbajo: I think the president, as you know, has always given me several responsibilities. I think, what we must recognize is that the way this administration works is that it has always been a team work. Very little is done without the president’s clearance. So, generally speaking, even with responsibilities that are my constitutional responsibilities, we have full discussions on them. We have full agreements on all of those issues. It is not necessarily delegation. Yes in some cases delegation but by and large, practically everything, I discuss fully with him and have his endorsement before we are able to go on and do anything at all.
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