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 population’.”


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