Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has
revealed that President Muhammad told him while he was ill in far away
London, that he (Osinbajo) would be the next President of Nigeria, if he
(Buhari) drops dead.
Osinbajo made this disclosure on
Thursday, while speaking during the public presentation of a book
titled: “Making Steady, Sustainable Progress for Nigeria’s Peace and
Prosperity”, at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
“I remember when he was on medical
vacation, and I was speaking to him on the phone fairly regularly, and
giving him a rundown of what was going on, especially when he was on the
first medical vacation. He said to me: ‘Don’t worry about telling me
all that is happening, I rely on your judgment, keep doing your best,
what if I drop dead?! You would have to run it anyway’.
“I had to say to him, that his dropping dead was not part of the plan.”
Speaking further, Osinbajo revealed that Buhari does not believe in amassing wealth to the detriment of his followers.
He added: “Some things have not been
included in the book, and I might just supply some of that. One of such
things is the exemplary frugality, the honesty and humility, and sense
of humour of Mr. President.
“That frugality can sometimes be a
problem. As you know, Mr. President decided that since the government
provides accommodation, food and transportation for the President and
the Vice-President, we did not need a full salary.
“Now, how much is this salary by the
way? It is public knowledge, and I think it is N1,750,000.00 or so,
which is under N2 million. He said he would take only half of his
salary, and so I had no choice but also to take half of my own salary.
“Unfortunately, Mr. President turned
down my request to give the other half to a worthy cause – his
Vice-President. He did not consider me a more worthy cause to give half
of his salary!
“In a country where politicians
sometimes want to be as wealthy as Dangote, it is refreshing to have a
President who most people would not even dare to discuss any private
benefit on a project with, let alone a bribe or a kick-back.
“Mr. President’s unassuming personality
and humility is in my view, probably his greatest strength. This is why
he is never flattered, or carried away by praise or adulation.
“He has always said: ‘I do not pretend
to know all the answers. I am here to provide stability and leadership
to a generation, a group of people, determined to run this country
honestly, to provide jobs and prosperity to the poor, and our huge youth