ASO ROCK WATCH: As Osinbajo thinks, it was post-presidential. Two other talking points

Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo last week jokingly hinted at his hunger to step down in 2023.

We tracked two other stories from the seat of power, Aso Rock Villa, within the week under review.

1. How Osin thinks under the post-presidential era

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on November 14, joked with the expectation that he would end his term in the Presidency to criticize the policies formulated by the Federal Government.

Speaking at the 28th Nigerian Economic Summit in Abuja, Osinbajo said: “I can’t wait to join you on that side where, annually, I can insult the government to the bottom of my heart.”

Osinbajo may have spoken on a lighter note, but his comments bring to light the stark reality of leading through very difficult times and the transitory nature of power.

It is useless to say the fact that most Nigerians have been disappointed with their leadership choices, especially with the quality offered by the outgoing administration headed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Sure, the vice president may have subtly criticized critics who are quick to criticize the Buhari administration, but isn’t he right in contemplating life after the presidency?

Perhaps rightly so. What is certain, however, is that Osinbajo, much like fans outside of a boxing ring, would have the luxury of time to figure out all that is going wrong while he is a keen observer of politics.

It would be interesting to see what happens to him when he leaves office.

Two other talking points

2. The continued bloodshed in Imo

On November 15, President Buhari ordered security agencies to conduct a thorough investigation into the murder of the traditional ruler of the Obudi-Agwa community, Eze Asor, and four other victims who lost their lives when gunmen invaded the palace of the monarch in the Oguta Local Government Area. of Imo State.

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“The president directs security agencies in the state to fully investigate the dastardly act and ensure that the perpetrators face the full wrath of the law,” said Garba Shehu, Buhari’s senior special adviser on media and publicity. .

The assassination of the monarch and four others is further confirmation of how unsafe the country has become in general, despite several promises by the president to make Nigeria safer.

So Buhari’s most recent directive to security agencies sounds like a broken record, one that should never be taken seriously given past failures to ensure the safety of Nigerians.

Needless to add, Nigerians want to see government results and impact, not oft-repeated promises that are barely delivered.

3. That increase in the salaries of Judges


President Buhari, on November 18, ordered the implementation of the salary increase and welfare plan for the country’s judicial officers.

The president reportedly gave the order at the official opening and handover ceremony of the Nabo Graham-Douglas campus of the Nigerian Law School, Port Harcourt, to the Council for Legal Education.

Buhari’s gesture promises to motivate judicial officials and lessen a penchant for corrupt practices that have consistently dragged the image of the judiciary through the mud.

How far the president would intervene to remedy a bad situation is left to conjecture, as corruption remains endemic without any serious attempt at a reorientation of values.

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