Former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode has warned against attempts to prevent Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo from assuming the office of acting president.
Fani-Kayode gave the warning in reaction to a letter by President Muhammadu Buhari in which he authorized Osinbajo to “coordinate” the affairs of government in his absence.
Buhari left Nigeria for London on Sunday, May 7, for an indefinite medical vacation.
The letter was written to the Senate to announce the president’s departure based on Section 145 of the Constitution.
“The attempt by the corpsocrats to prevent the Vice President from being Acting President by referring to him in the letter to the Senate as a mere “coordinator” is insulting and dangerous,” Fani-Kayode wrote on Facebook.
“It is time for us to decide: do we have a nation of equals or not? If not let us break it and go our separate ways! When you tell us that the Vice President cannot be Acting President even though the President is critically sick and on indefinite medical leave in a foreign country you are playing with fire.
“There are no more slaves in Nigeria. To those that believe that we must stand strong for Osinbajo this is the time to do it. The attempt to deny him the right and role of Acting President by the corpsocrats is ominous and the implications are grave and far-reaching.
“They did it to MKO Abiola in 1993. They tried to do it to GEJ in 2010. They are doing it to Osinbajo in 2017. When will a southerner be treated as an equal by these hegemonists? When will this arrogance of power and modern-day apartheid stop?” he said.
Buhari’s comment also caused controversy in the Senate which subsequently authorized Osinbajo to assume the office of acting president in Buhari’s absence.
The president has been suffering health issues since January, when he departed on a supposed 10-day medical vacation to London but ended up spending 49 days.
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