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Osinbajo: Thinking of a better Nigeria
Osinbajo: Thinking of a better Nigeria

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo met behind closed doors with the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan on Monday Aug. 6, to discuss issues relating to the approval of the President’s virement request and the supplementary budget.

The meeting marked the beginning of activities in the Presidential Villa for the week without President Muhammadu Buhari who is enjoying his 10-day vacation in London.

After the meeting with the Acting President, Sen. Lawan, in an interview with state house correspondents, assured Nigerians that the National Assembly leadership would reconvene both chambers “in the interest of the nation”.

Senator Lawan
Senator Lawan, boasting of APC numerical strength in the senate, after his meeting with Acting President Osinbajo

He also added that the APC remained in the majority in the Senate and urged the PDP caucus to name its membership to put to rest the debate of which party had the majority in the Senate.

On Tuesday Aug. 7, the Acting President shelved his scheduled trip to Lagos State to address the blockade at the National Assembly by security agents.

The Acting President summoned both the Inspector General of Police and the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS) to the Presidential Villa to give explanations on the incident by security operatives.

The outcome of the meeting was the sack of the DG, DSS by the Acting President.

DSS Operatives at the entrance of the National Assembly this morning
Leaked police report shows why DSS Operatives mounted blockade of the entrance of the National Assembly.

In a statement issued by Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media, the Vice President directed the termination of the appointment of the DG, DSS, Mr Lawal Daura with immediate effect and directed him to handover to the most senior officer at the agency.

According to the statement, “The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has directed the termination of the appointment of the Director General, State Security Service, Lawal Musa Daura with immediate effect.

“Mr Daura has been directed to hand over to the most senior officer of the State Security Service until further notice.”

Former DSS boss Lawal Daura: Sacked by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo after the invasion of the National Assembly complex by DSS operatives
Former DSS boss Lawal Daura: Sacked by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo after the invasion of the National Assembly complex by DSS operatives

In another statement that immediately followed the one announcing the sack of DG, DSS, the Acting President, condemned the invasion of the National by operatives of the DSS and assured that all officials involved in the incident would be punished.

According to the statement, “the unauthorised takeover of the National Assembly complex earlier today is a gross violation of constitutional order, rule of law and all acceptable notions of law and order.

“The unlawful act which was done without the knowledge of the Presidency is condemnable and completely unacceptable. Prof. Osinbajo is consequently assuring Nigerians that all persons within the law enforcement apparatus who participated in this travesty will be identified and subjected to appropriate disciplinary action.”

Later on Tuesday evening, the Acting President met with the new Acting DG, DSS, Mr Matthew Seiyefa, in his office.

Mattew Seiyefa, Acting Director-General, Department of State Services meets with Osinbajo
Mattew Seiyefa, Acting Director-General, Department of State Services meets with Osinbajo

Acting President Osinbajo presided over the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC), meeting held at the State House Executive Chambers on Wednesday Aug. 8.

Twenty-four hours after presiding over the FEC meeting, Acting President Osinbajo was in Daura, Katsina State, to attend a rally ahead of senatorial election for the Katsina North Central.

In his remarks at the occasion, held on Thursday Aug. 9, Prof. Osinbajo said Nigeria is going through battle for the good of the common man, noting that the Buhari administration remains focused on improving infrastructure and lives of Nigerians.

Ag. President Yemi Osinbajo at the senatorial election campaign Rally in Daura, Katsina State.
Ag. President Yemi Osinbajo, left, at the senatorial election campaign Rally in Daura, Katsina State

According to him, “Let me say to you that what we are going through in our country is a battle for the good of the common man.

“The day that Muhammadu Buhari was voted in as President, there were many people who knew that from that day; there will be no stealing in government, there will be no more stealing of the money of the people.

“We will focus on helping the people of Nigeria, the common people of Nigeria.”

On Friday Aug. 10, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo undertook a facility tour of some private sector investments in Lagos State namely; the Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics (LADOL) and Mojec International Metering Facility.

Ag. President Yemi Osinbajo visits and inspects LADOL Free Zone facilities
Ag. President Yemi Osinbajo visits and inspects LADOL Free Zone facilities

In his remarks at the completion of the tour at Mojec International Metering Facility, the Acting President spoke about the role of the private sector in the fight against corruption, noting that the fight is not just the business of government alone.

According to him, “I want to say to those of you in the private sector, this issue of fighting corruption and rent-seeking is existential for us all. It is not government business alone; it affects everything, it affects the judgement of those who make decisions that affects business and our economic growth.

“I think it is important that the private sector should invest in calling out those who make these things difficult, or those doing things that are wrecking our economy and the businesses that you stand for.”

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