Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday thanked Senate President, Bukola Saraki, for not taking advantage of the vacuum in power before he and President Muhammadu Buhari were officially sworn in as Vice-President and President on Wednesday.
Backstory: Osinbajo spoke at a dinner organized in honor of Buhari and himself at the State House Banquet Hall on Wednesday night.
- “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.”
- “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.”
In between the lines: Of course the VP made his comments as a a joke. But it’s maybe a good time to recall that only this week, President Buhari claimed that he rated both the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representative, Yakubu Dogara, very low on patriotism.