… As Emir Sanusi hails new economic team, says ‘members are fantastic, first-class economists’
Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, says from the look of things, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo’s office has been rendered useless, impotent and irrelevant.
It, however, said it would be too early to speculate if Osinbajo’s “ordeal” was caused by any misdemeanor on his part or if it was based on permutations ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The spokesman for Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, said this during an interview with The PUNCH on Wednesday.
He said, “We are watching as events unfold. We are studying the situation, but we must also not muddle up issues.
“For now, we will not jump into any premature conclusion that this is about 2023 alone.
“We will need more information to know whether it is political or whether there was abuse of office or process.
“But the barrage of the last 48 hours shows that there is something wrong.
“We will wait to have all the facts because we don’t want to say a Yoruba man is being attacked.
“They may have had a justifiable reason to do so; but we are taking note of every development and at the appropriate time, we will make our position known.
“But clearly, what has happened is that the VP’s office has been rendered impotent, useless and irrelevant.”
It may be recalled that the Economic Management Team hitherto led by Osinbajo was suddenly dissolved on Monday and replaced with an advisory council that would report directly to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Meanwhile, the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi ll has commended President Buhari for forming Economic Advisory Council, EAC.
Addressing newsmen at his palace on Wednesday, Mr Sanusi said the President has done the right by appointing professional economists who know the nitty gritty of Nigerian economy.
According to him, at this time when the nation is facing economic problems, and the global economy facing uncertainty due to trade wars, the President has done a good thing by forming what he described as “first-class economic team.”
The monarch described the members of the team as seasoned economists who, according to him, would turn the nation’s economy around.
He added that their appointment could have been the best policy of the Buhari administration.
“If you look at the kind of system we operate, if you look at the United States, every US president always has a council of economic advisers.
“And one of the reasons you have that council is you want independent academics who are able to give you frank and honest advice on how to run the economy and address its problems.
“What president has done is to follow that pattern, to appoint a team of highly respected professionals to advise him at this time when we have economic problem and fiscal issue.
“When a global economy is facing uncertainty due trade wars, the president needs high quality advice,” he said.