President Buhari Leaves Deputy Looking Weak Amid Nigeria Succession Talk – Bloomberg

President chose not to hand power to deputy while abroad

Attention turning to succession politics before 2023 election


Buhari, 76, transferred power to Osinbajo, 62, during his first term
when he traveled abroad for medical reasons, it’s the second time he’s
opted not to since being re-elected in February. His chief-of-staff,
Abba Kyari, this week had to fly to London so that Buhari could sign
long-awaited oil legislation approved by parliament.

that Buhari is marginalizing Osinbajo was partly fueled by the
president’s decision last month to appoint a new economic advisory
council that reports directly to him, replacing a committee headed by
the vice president. Nigerian newspapers reported that Buhari, who is on a
15-day private visit to the U.K., this week approved the dismissal of
dozens of Osinbajo’s aides.

The treatment of Osinbajo since the election “has sent a strong signal to the ruling party and national power brokers that Buhari has no plans to anoint, or go out of his way to position, his VP as his preferred successor,” said Matthew Page, an associate fellow at London-based Chatham House. “It also sends a signal that Buhari prefers to maintain tight control over government decision-making.”

Source:- Bloomberg

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