Osinbajo Humiliated By El Rufai, Walks Out on President Buhari

by on September 16, 2015

All may not be well with the ‘ad-hoc’ cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari as fillers from the Presidency indicate an unhealthy power tussle between an elected member of the President’s cabinet, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and an unofficial one in the person of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.

A few weeks back, our investigations reveal, the tension between Osinbanjo and El Rufai came to a head when Governor El Rufai insulted the Vice President in meeting in the Presidential Villa in Aso Rock, and Osinbajo reacted by denouncing El Rufai and walking out of the meeting, which had President Buhari presiding.

According to inside presidential sources, El-Rufai is widely regarded as the unofficial vice president in the Buhari administration. A top source within the Buhari government, who spoke with The Trent on condition of anonymity disclosed that “Buhari prefers to have a fellow Northerner as his right-hand man. He did so as military head of state and is uneasy with Osinbajo who is (Bola) Tinubu’s boy,” the source revealed.

“As you know, if the position of veepee was appointed and not elected, Buhari would never have appointed a Southerner, a Christian for that matter to be his VP,” the source explained further. “The President, clearly, prefers and places more trust on El Rufai as far as matters of governance are concerned. El Rufai has played a key role in some of the President’s appointments. He nominated Amina Bala Zakari for appointment as Acting INEC Chairman forcing Buhari to go against Jega’s earlier decision and planted his Chief of Staff who is also the Founder of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign, Hadiza Bala Usman inside President Buhari’s recently constituted Anti-Corruption Advisory Committee.”

Further investigations reveal that the Kaduna Governor and other Northerners in Buhari’s kitchen cabinet have little regard for Vice President Osinbajo. Behind close doors, they dismiss him disdainfully as “Tinubu’s puppet”.

Osinbajo Pushed to The Wall

An informed source in the Presidency narrated a disturbing incident to our reporter, which happened a few weeks ago.

He words: “So, it happened that in a meeting of Buhari’s kitchen cabinet in Aso Rock, Governor El Rufai in trying to disagree with Osinbajo’s contribution raised his voice and insulted the VP in the meeting. To everybody’s surprise, Osinbajo got upset, told El Rufai off and told the President, ‘I am an elected Vice President of this country, I will not sit here while an ordinary governor insults me in your presence. I deserve some respect.’

“Osinbajo, then, stormed out of the meeting angrily, leaving the President and others present stunned.

Still not done, El Rufai who was ruffled by the unexpected action of the veepee told President Buhari, ‘If he had respect for you, he would not have walked out on you.’

“Mr. President responded coldly and quietly as the scene unfolded, and was mute as Governor El Rufai tried to deflect blame for what happened.

“When Buhari remained silent and said nothing after the childish outburst by El Rufai, everyone got the message that the meeting would not continue without Osinbajo. Some people excused themselves to go to Osinbajo to beg him to come back to the meeting. Osinbajo, reportedly, told the peace-makers he would not return to the meeting unless El Rufai came and apologised to him.

“El Rufai sat quietly after Buhari’s rebuff, feeling like an overzealous son whose father was displeased with. That was how the meeting ended. At some point, a visibly angry Buhari also stormed out of the room, leaving El Rufai with egg on his face.

“All is not well in Buhari’s kitchen cabinet. El Rufai has been uninvited from Buhari’s meetings since that incident”, the source concluded.

Source: The Trent

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  • Oluwagbile Kayode David.
    September 16, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    My Dear Governor El Rufai,

    Nigeria is bigger than any individual or tripe. President Buhari is not a Northern President but a Nigerian President. Likewise V.P Osinbajo is not a sectional V.P but a Nigeria V.P.

    If actually what i read is the truth or true of your ultrances concerning V.P Osinbajo then you are neither fit to be a Governor nor a Leader. Be careful Mr Governor, Nigerians are watching you especially the Kaduna electorate. Remember that Nigerians voted for APC for change because of there manifesto and commitment.

    My Governor may i beg to introduce a Leader amongs Leaders that is credential speak for him in person of Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu. I always wonder why people hate a Leader whom God has ordain to lead Nigria out of slavery and political death. Pls let us learn how to appreciate one that contribute to our success.

    For your information, i am a secret disciple of President Buhari. I can do any thing for the sake of PMB


  • Samuel Olusegun Obatusin
    September 16, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    The overzealous Buhari’s boy should be more careful. He should know that insulting the Vice-President in the President’s presence is insulting the President himself. Such a person is capable of sowing seed of disunity among the various ethnic set up in Buhari’s kitchen cabinet; And in APC.
    “The Kaduna Governor and other Northerners in Buhari’s kitchen cabinet have little regard for Vice President Osinbajo. Behind close doors, they dismiss him disdainfully as “Tinubu’s puppet”.
    This is a serious and dangerous situation. The President may need to keep some of his untutored aids at arms length because they will destroy the trust and unity he has fought hard to build within his party and indeed the nation.
    I will advise the Vice-President to apologise to the President for walking out of the meeting while he was still sitting there. Since this is a little more than a family feud, God will give President Buhari the necessary wisdom to steer the wheel of the nation aright.
    El Rufai, stop things that can drive our President cracy, do not be a destroyer. Right now, Buhari is the father of the nation, not El Rufai’s alone. The nation must be united under Buhari. Long live Federal Republic of Nigeria.


  • Uju
    September 17, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Osinbajo this is the genesis since you left God’s work for politics.


    • Gbenga
      September 17, 2015 at 11:03 am

      Why do u always believe that d person in politics isnt working for God? Being a good leader is part God’s works. We cant fold our arms & leave devilish people doing it. For Osinbajo to win is God’s work.


    • Gbenga
      September 17, 2015 at 11:04 am

      Why do u always believe that d person in politics isnt working for God? Being a good leader is part of God’s works. We cant fold our arms & leave devilish people doing it. For Osinbajo to win is God’s work.


    September 17, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Comment…Mr president i pray dat God shuld giv u wisdom 2 rule.(if what i read is tru) den Mr Rufai is showin us dat he is nt morally,ethically & religously displined,so grow up.Mr president more grease to ur elbow,i knw pple ar lukin 4 tins to hold on,to say u mak a blunder,d devil is laiyer.As a father & leader of our great nation sir handle d situation wit care & insight.It taks time for d hammer of persistence to drive d nail of success it is courage dat counts.LONGLIVE Mr PRESIDENT !! LONGLIVE NIGERIA !!!


  • Alabi Femi
    September 17, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Gov. El Rufai may sometimes be left out of matters that fall within the purview of presidential kitchen cabinet(that’s typically presidency). I particularly do not know the nature of the deliberation that led to this gross mixture of disrespect among the three national important figures. Nevertheless, PMB should not because of tribal or trust sentiment for El Rufai override the role of Veepee for Gov. of Kaduna’s state.


  • Price Leo Ozomma
    September 17, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Let me state categorically that our President’s sense of leadership and maturity exhibited during the said meeting should be acknowledged first and foremost. In fact, I now believe that body language of the president means a lot to even the people that are currently working for him and with him and Nigerians in general, Mr EL Rufai should understand that as a constitutionally elected governor of a state as he sworn to before he was handed over the mantle of leadership must be ready to respect our constitution and respect the positions(provisions) of the constitution. The VP is for the entire nation and he must accord all the necessary respects to that office not minding who’s occupying it. His closeness to Mr President should not warrant this unguarded and unacceptable behaviour. Our leaders should be reminded not to set bad precedence bc that you’re there today doesn’t mean you will be there forever, what is good for the goose is also good for the gander. Mr President in his recent defense of his perceived lopsided appointments told the nation that members of his kitchen cabinet are people he had known and trusted for a very long time and he can vouch for them and he should not allow any sentimental, or bigot to tarnish his administration and image. Mr President, we expect so much from you as Nigerians and by international communities. God help our president. All these are presumptions and assumptions depending on the authenticity of the story. God help Nigeria.


  • Nurudeen Akinyode
    September 17, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    If truly this story is anything to go by,then is time they put an end to such act and give room for the new Nigeria we all fought tirelessly for.Gov.El-Rufai if truly you acted that way,be warned for its time to shun any move/s that echoes tribal,ethnicity or religion differences that have caused more harms than good to my dear nation Nija.
    Let’s all get the fact straight to all that cares to listen and does that hope to be celebrated when the need arises; Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is not a perfect man but a great man that played a pivotal role in total rebirth and refrom of our dear nation from inception till this moment.Asiwaju that I love to discuss often,YOU ARE THE BEST !


  • Suleiman Abubakar
    September 17, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Mr president, may u live long to accomplish your Gud office, if what I heard is true then mallam El rufai is very wrong to have insults and challenge our great nation, because for him to insult our vp, is also insults our president too, and for him to insults our president, the insult also goes to our great nation which Nigeria is not going to tolerate it. But for vice president to work out of the meeting while Mr president is seat, na wrong thing u do so. Thanks


  • Ishaq M
    September 17, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Am highly disappointed in Governor El rufai, if you can insult VP of our country! Kai no no no!!!


  • Olujimi
    September 18, 2015 at 6:06 am

    …did I read VP Osinbajo pushed to the wall, this tells me these insults had been going on for a while without the Presidency intervening, until the VP had to react eventually, the way he did…Mr President you better put a full stop to such nonsence before the center disintegrates…a distructive force from the center does more damage than from the outside..

    El rufai, why are you in these meetings any way, who keeps inviting you? are other Governors leaving their states for these cabinet meetings? are there not enough serious issues or matters needing your attention in your state? May be you don’t have enough to do, why not go to Borno to start rendering help there, instead of this madness you are brewing up, if you want to be VP please do contest in 4 years time with whoever, maybe, just maybe yuo’ll become one….that is to say wait for your turn and time!


  • Elfulany
    September 18, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Comment…If this kind of situation continue at this moment, Hummm is not easy for our dream to come to reality. Is not good for the President to keep silent when he suppose to act as an elderly man and also the number citizen of this great country. Is unfair for Governor El-Rufai to insult V.P both directly or indirectly.
    By doing so, the country can collapse because we are not yet reach where we are going, if there is any rancour within both of you, try to settle it amicably not until you disgrace him publicly.


  • Tony Lawrence
    September 19, 2015 at 12:21 am

    Comment…El-rufai or whatever it is called must be a ‘baggar’ to have insulted d veepee. Anyways, buhari gave him(elrufai) d chance nd he(buhari) shld knw how to make reconciliation. If i may ask, what is elrufai’s business in aso rock?


  • saheed
    October 4, 2015 at 6:52 am

    Quite unfortunate how we look at issues. Not until this story is confirmed to be true, I don’t think anyone should pass these kinds of comments here. The Nasir el Rufai I know is quite a blunt person though, but wouldn’t do anything of such as claimed by any of these news around. And even if this story was true, why can’t we have just one person to look at the issue from el Rufa’i stand of view? Yes, he argues a lot. His debates are always hot, but won’t do that without a superior argument. The fact that he was part of President’s Kitchen Cabinets, not just in this administration, but also in Obasanjo’s (two terms) shows the man’s ingenuity, resourcefulness and intelligence. Even President Jonathan’s administration wanted him, but things didn’t work out on the long run.
    Please let’s be careful.


  • October 6, 2015 at 10:48 am

    El rufai is too rude


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