On Osinbajo’s Telephone conversation With Buhari
7 February 2017 News
Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, had a lengthy conversation with President Muhammadu Buhari who is currently on an extended leave in the U.K.
According to President Buhari’s assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, both Buhari and Yemi had a long discussion on National issues.
Yesterday, Bashir wrote “Couple hours ago, President Muhammadu @MBuhari called Acting President Prof. Osinbajo, they had a long conversation on many national issues.”
Osinbajo also told journalist that he had a long conversation with Buhari, noting that the latter was interested in knowing the present stage of the 2017 budget process.
In a statement by Laolu Akande, Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Osinbajo said when State House correspondents approached him for a chat shortly after his telephone conversation with the president.
He reiterated that the President was hale and hearty.
“Let me first say the President is hale and hearty. I spoke to him just this afternoon and we had a fairly long conversation, he is in good shape and very chatty,” the Acting President said.
He disclosed that the conversation was focused on the economy, the budget and goings on in the country.
The President was “interested in knowing about the budget process and how far we had gone’’, especially with efforts aimed at taking the country out of recession.
“As you know we had a meeting today with the private sector on the economic recovery and growth plan and he was interested in knowing what was happening with that, with the economic recovery and growth plan and what we are doing with the private sector.”
“And of course I informed him of what we are seeing, the protest matches and some of what the feedback is, what people are saying about the economy and all of that,’’ Osinbajo added.
The Acting President also dismissed insinuations that he was under pressure to resign.
“I was voted for by the people of this nation, myself and Mr President, and the people of this nation have never asked us to resign.
“So, I am absolutely under no pressure, and the truth is that there has been absolutely no pressure from any source.’’