Osinbajo Thanks Saraki For ‘Not Doing Anything Funny’ Before Inauguration

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Updated May 30, 2019


The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has thanked Senate President Bukola Saraki for not taking advantage of the power vacuum before the presidential inauguration.

He said this at a dinner which held on Wednesday at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, following the inauguration ceremony at the Eagle Square in Abuja.

“When I arrived at Eagle Square this morning, some may have noticed that the Senate President and I were enjoying a joke”, said Osinbajo.

He added, “He (Saraki) said to me jokingly `you better be careful, you know I am the acting President now; so, we thank the Senate President for not doing anything funny.”

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He noted that there was no President or Vice President for about 10 hours, stressing that Senator Saraki was in charge of the nation’s affairs.

Professor Osinbajo, who explained that his first tenure and that of President Muhammadu Buhari ended on the midnight of May 29, was grateful that the event went smoothly.

He said, “Something interesting happened earlier today (Wednesday); I am a lawyer and a law teacher and I like to test and interrogate legal scenarios.

“At one minute past midnight today, the four-year term of the President and I ended by effluxion of time.”

“So, from one minute past 12 of last night, May 29 to about 10:30 am, when we were sworn in for a second term, there was no President or Vice President.

“Interestingly nothing went wrong, all was okay; when such a situation arises, it is the Senate President who acts as President,” the Vice President added.

The dinner had in attendance a former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd), some members of the National Assembly, as well as chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Also present are the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, service chiefs, members of the diplomatic corps, and captains of industry, among others.

Earlier, the Acting Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Mohammed Tanko, administered the oath of office on President Buhari and Professor Osinbajo for another four-year term.