By Chioma Gabriel
Have you noticed that each time the Acting President is in charge, there is peace across the nation? Killings tend to cease or minimize, herdsmen seem to take a dive and all manner of illegalities are reduced. There is something about a man and the things he controls.
It is not the first time it is happening. Osinbajo tends to be the balm of Gilead in this administration. Although he tends to keep quiet when it matters most but those were the times when he was not directly in charge. When things are left in his hands, sanity reigns. If you ask me, I’d say Buhari wouldn’t have gotten a better man.
I am not insinuating anything. On several occasions,Osinbajo had stepped in in an acting capacity and he never disappointed Nigerians. Besides, he allways remains loyal to his boss the president. When you look at how the ex DSS boss, Daura’s matter was handled, you’d notice that the VP must have decided that cabal or no cabal, he would no longer suffer fools gladly. There is peace, not the peace of the grave yard and Nigerians were happy with his decision.
Each time the president travels out of the country, there’s always controversy over his health and each time, the presidency always tries to assure Nigerians that all is well. Even when thepresident travels for other things, Nigerians tend to associate his travels with his health.
Indeed, President Buhari’s occasional travels have always created a yearning for an alternative and Osinbajo often fits in. Nigerians are worried about the age and the health of the president and think he needs more rest. And each time he hands over to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Nigerians tend to compare their times and the verdict has always been that Osinbajo performs very well.
Some of those making comparisons would say things were always better in the country whenever Buhari travelled. Many would say that stress might be taking a toll on Buhari and the system works better whenever Osinabjo is in charge.
Although Osinbajo has his excesses, he appears calm and calculative in tackling Nigerian issues.
Believe it or not, the vice president always tries his best in ensuring that the country remained stable despite the rancour caused by the absence of the president.
The vice president tends to relate better with Nigerians. He is a man who can travel anywhere without fear of any kind in portrayal of the fact that his conscience is clear.
After he sacked the DSS boss, he visited Katsina and the people welcomed him warmly. They didn’t take it out on him that he sacked their son. Pebbles and sachets of water were not thrown at his convoy. The sack of Daura was not ethnicized or religionised.
Ofcourse, Osinbajo is younger, more agile, physically stronger and more charismatic. He appeals to Nigerians.
As 2019 approaches, it becomes more obvious that Nigerians are tired of being ruled by leaders who ought to have retired, especially those being recycled over and over.
Anytime the president travels out, some sort of rumour is always spread about his health. Buhari’s age often makes Nigerians think there is something wrong with him even when he is well and whenever Osinbajo is in charge as acting president, there is calm and Nigerians tend to have total faith in him.
Nigerians are looking for a president that will be able to stand on his own without being supported. A man like Osinbajo has not disappointed Nigerians on this note. Overtime, he has won the hearts of the people.
When Buhari seemed to be avoiding going to the Niger Delta region, it was Osinbajo who visited Niger Delta for peace talks and doused the tension in the region. He succeeded in changing the impression of the people who think the government is ignoring them while laying their natural resources to ruin.
Whenever he is in charge, Osinbajo moved round the nation more. He knows about the situation in the states and has endeared himself to the people by visiting the states within the country. He knows how to handle the masses and the people have discovered he has a unique manner of approach that restores calmness to an aggrieved people by speaking to them. He has the gift of the garb and Nigerians tend to mellow whenever he speaks.
So,what do you then say of these things: “when the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.(Proverb 29:2)