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Vice President Osinbajo alleges that President Buhari had no prior knowledge of Chief Justice Onnoghen’s arraignment

President Muhammadu Buhari and VP Yemi Osinbajo

On Wednesday, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari had no prior knowledge of the arraignment of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, by his government through the Code of Conduct Bureau.

“I can tell you for a fact that he did not even know about this until Saturday evening. He did not even know that there will be any kind of arraignment until Saturday evening,” Osinbajo said at the 2019 Online Publishers Association of Nigeria conference in Abuja.

“He has said categorically, do not interfere with whatever institutions are doing; sometimes, it has consequences such as we have today; such that people say how can such an important person be subjected to a trial without the Federal Government?

“But I can tell you without any equivocation whatsoever that he was not even in the know because it is a specific instruction that he gave.

“My take is that I would rather not have a situation where senior members of my profession are being tried for an offence; certainly, I will rather not have that kind of situation.

“So, I do not feel particularly good about it; as a matter of fact, I feel very sad; that it is going on at all, that is my position.”

Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen
Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in a response issued by his aide, Mr. Phrank Shuaibu, said that the reason why Buhari was not aware of Onnoghen’s trial is because his government had been hijacked by a cabal.

Mr. Shuaibu also noted that Buhari was not aware of many other things happening in his government, like when soldiers laid siege to the headquarters of Daily Trust Newspaper, and when his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, joined the board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

He noted that the revelation by Buhari’s wife, Aisha, that two (2) powerful men had hijacked her husband’s government had already become self-evident, adding that Osinbajo’s recent statement confirms it beyond any reasonable doubts.

“This president has exhibited gross incompetence, ignorance, poverty of ideas and lack of innovation.

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“This president doesn’t know anything. They may have mentioned the plot to him but he does not remember anything!

“He didn’t know who stole the budget in 2016. He never knew his Chief of Staff was on the board of the NNPC.

“President Buhari never knew dead people were on the list of board appointments he signed.

“He never knew Abdulrasheed Maina of the pension scam incident was reinstated into the civil service.

“Mr. President was not aware that soldiers stormed the premises of Daily Trust newspapers.

“What does this president know? In fact, I am so sure President Buhari is not aware he is contesting the February 16 election!”

“The truth is that President Buhari never even intended to act as president for one day and this is one presidency that would be neither here nor there, everywhere and nowhere, visible yet ineffectual, present yet absentee in nature and action; all of which have lent further weight to the complaints of his wife that other people and not her husband are, indeed, in charge of Nigeria.”

President Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar
President Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar

“A government which has been defined in the AtikuPlan to get Nigeria working again, will ensure that the interest, welfare, wellbeing and goodwill of all Nigerians will be at the centre of every action and decision of the leadership and not the interest and selfishness of two persons who have hijacked Nigeria for themselves at the expense and suffering of the rest of the people.

“The only politician now who has the capacity, capability, intelligence and experience to break this wicked hold of a few people on Nigeria is Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the formidable pan-Nigerian coalition of seasoned and tested leaders, who are now poised to liberate Nigeria from the cabal and open up the country to growth and development which two people have prevented President Buhari from achieving in his four years as Nigeria’s President, according to his wife,” Shuaibu added.

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