The Advocacy for Integrity and Economic Development (AIED) has described the designation of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo as ‘coordinator of national affairs’ via the notice of medical vacation submitted to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari as a desecration of the office of the President and a complete aberration.
This is contained in a statement issued on Tuesday by its Director of Research and Publicity, Comrade O’Seun John.
AIED accused the ‘cabal’ within the presidency of plotting to create confusion in the country by its continuous interference with the decision of the President.
According to AIED: “We are extremely saddened with the content of President Buhari’s letter where he neglected tradition and voice of sanity to dance to the tune of political vampires by importing a lexicon alien to our constitution.
“While we are aware of the unambiguous provision of section 145, we are frightened by signals such as this on the peace and unity of our country.
“The new designation of Professor Osinbajo can only be interpreted to mean that President Buhari does not trust him enough to act as the President in his absence.
“With this reality, we are now forced to ask: who does President Buhari truly recognise as the Acting President?”
The statement added that: “This act has put paid to any form of doubt that the powers controlling the affairs of the country have greater influence and perhaps, control than the vice-president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo”.