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Yemi Osimbajo Says He Has President Buhari’s Approval for “Practically Everything”

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The Nigeria Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that he has the approval of President Buhari for “practically everything,” after taking the reins as acting president during Buhari’s absence for medical treatment in the UK.

During the almost 60 days absence, acting president Yemi Osinbajo drove policy changes, concluding an economic reform plan required for a World bank loan. The central bank devalued the naira for retail customers after a state body chaired by him called for an urgent review.

Top political posts in Nigeria are traditionally shared out to reflect the country’s geographic and religious divisions. President Buhari is a northern Muslim, while Yemi Osinbajo is a pastor from the mainly Christian south.

President Buhari, who returned to Nigeria on Friday, has written to parliament notifying lawmakers that he has resumed his presidential duties, his spokesman said on Monday.

“We just had a very long meeting … basically trying to bring the president up to speed as to some of the things we have done while he was away‎,” Yemi Osinbajo told news reporters later in the day.

“By and large, practically everything I discuss fully with him and have his endorsement before we are able to go on and do anything at all.”

Buhari did not address the media after the meeting in his office. The president said on Friday he was feeling “much better” but wanted to rest over the weekend.

“His readiness for work is not in doubt at all,” Osinbajo said. “He is very well.”

During Buhari’s absence the acting president traveled several times to the commercial capital Lagos and the Niger Delta oil hub in an effort to calm tensions with militants attacking oil facilities. Buhari had been accused of neglecting the two regions.

Buhari, who first led the country from 1983 to 1985 after taking power in a military coup, was elected to power two years ago. Since then he has traveled to the UK several times to consult doctors. His illness has not been disclosed.


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