Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the Acting President of Nigeria was said to be absent from his office yesterday. There was, however, no official function yesterday at the Vice President’s wing of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa from where Osinbajo operates.
Some State House workers expressed surprise at the acting president’s absence. It was the first time Osinbajo stayed away from office since he became acting president on May 7 when President Muhammadu Buhari departed for the United Kingdom for a follow-up consultation with his doctors.
Osinbajo, it was learnt, did not travel out of Abuja, as he chose to rest at his Aguda residence in Aso Rock. A presidency source hinted: “It seems the acting president is taking a rest having worked too much within the week.”
The source, who craved anonymity, revealed that Osinbajo was at his official residence throughout yesterday.
One of the acting president’s aides in a reply sent at 6: 51 pm to Daily Trust confirmed that he worked from his home yesterday, but was silent on why he decided to do so. He said Osinbajo also held meetings at his official residence.
Although the aide said Osinbajo could show up in the office if need be, the acting president was not sighted there as at 8.00pm when our reporter was leaving the Presidential Villa.
The acting president’s aide stated: “[the acting president] has been holding his meetings and working from his home office so far. His aides have been with him in his Aguda residence today (yesterday) and are still here in the office now.”
Osinbajo on Monday separately received a delegation of the World Leadership Alliance comprising former presidents Festus Mogae of Botswana and Cassa Muttem of Mauritius as well as a delegation of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
On Monday, he played host to the Pakistani activist for female education and youngest-ever Nobel prize laureate, Malala Yousafzai.
On Wednesday, he presided over a meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) which lasted about five hours. On Thursday, Osinbajo chaired a meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC) after which he also met behind closed-doors with All Progressives Congress (APC) governors. He later headed for Eagle Square in Abuja where he launched the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Clinics at the Federal Capital Territory.