The recent meeting the Acting President of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Osinbajo held with Service Chiefs and South-South governors is causing ripples in the presidency, especially in the president’s kitchen cabinet.
Osinbajo Tuesday last week held an emergency security meeting at the State House in Abuja.
The meeting had in attendance all Governors of oil producing States, all the four Service Chiefs, Minister of Defence, Dan Ali, Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachichuwu, the Special Adviser on Amnesty Programme, Gen. Boroh amongst others.
The governors included Nyesom Wike (Rivers); Adams Oshiomhole (Edo); Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta); Olusegun Mimiko( Ondo); Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa); Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia).
Also, the Service Chiefs at the meeting included Chief of Defence Staff,Gen Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin,Chief of Army Staff, Lieut. Gen Tukur Buratai and Chief of Naval Staff,Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas.
But wee were informed by an Aso Rock source that, visibly angry Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai and the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari confronted the acting president.
They inquired on whose authority he relied on to exercise such sensitive power.
According to our source, El-Rufai and Aisha Buhari queried Osinbajo:
“How dare you convene security meeting without Buhari’s approval?”
The acting president was shocked that some highly placed people misunderstood his intention for summoning the security meeting.
Most of the ministers are of the opinion that the acting president only acted within the powers given to him as the acting president.
Besides he acted for the interest of the country and not to undermine the president’s office.
But few ministers who thought otherwise are:
1. Minister for interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau
2. Minister for defence, Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali, and,
3. Minister for transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.
The aforementioned ministers argued that the acting president should have stayed away from such sensitive move since the president won’t be away for too long.
Briefing State House Correspondents at the end of the meeting on behalf of his colleagues, Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa said that they received briefings on the situation in the Niger Delta from the Security Chiefs and the Minister of State for Petroleum.
He said that the meeting took cognizance of the unhealthy developments in Delta and Bayelsa States, saying that solution was in sight.
The governor said that there would be a stand down of military action in the zone.
He said that the outcome of the meeting which extensively sought collaboration with the states would be implemented immediately.
But the Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai, and the National Security Adviser, Rtd Major-General Babagana Monguno vowed never to attend any security meeting summoned by the acting president again.