A former presidential aspirant, Princess Hadiza Ibrahim, has appealed to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo not to resign under any circumstance so that he would not betray the confidence Nigerians reposed in his joint mandate with President Muhammdu Buhari.
In an exclusive interview with Daily Sun in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Wednesday, she raised the alarm that some cabal were scheming to get Osinbajo out of the way ahead of 2019 general elections.
Hadiza, who stated that she could bet with her life that President Buhari is not a thief and meant well for the country, said: “In fairness, I also believe in Osinbajo. For the little time that Buhari was away on medical vacation recently, Osinbajo tried his best for this country. The value of naira appreciated. I am sure with time again, the value of naira will be on a higher side and dollar will be on a lower side.”
According to her, Nigerians should note that the mandate they gave to Buhari, “is not just for Buhari; it is a joint mandate for Buhari and Osinbajo.
“Vividly, by the analysis probably done by me, if Buhari and somebody else and not Osinbajo had contested the presidential election in 2015, Buhari might not have come to power. I believe Osinbajo is a God sent man. He is a pastor an I see him as a prophet too because is so simple.”
Hadiza noted that the first time Osinbajo was the Acting President, apart from ensuring the appreciation of value of naira, he also toured the Niger Delta area of the country with a view to ensuring that militants stopped blowing up gas pipelines and other activities inimical to the progress of Nigeria, adding that there were results “but I am not advising him to continue that way because I don’t trust those people.
“I am sure God wants to use Osinbajo to rectify this country. So, I believe in Buhari/Osinbajo joint mandate. I want to give Osinbajo this advice that under no circumstance because of our vote and the trust we put in the his joint ticket with Buhari, he should not resign. The votes that brought them to power were for Buhari and Osinbajo. He should not disappoint us.
“I cast my vote because it is Buhari/Osinbajo. The vote is a debt on them. So, they should have the fear of God. So, Osinbajo should not resign, no matter what. The cabal should have the fear of God.
“Osinbajo should not be afraid of any threat from anywhere. Nobody is above God. Since he is a man of God, he should stand by God. He should not be forced to resign and he should not resign on his own. He should continue to hold the mandate for President Buhari. When the Buhari gets well, he should handover to him. But in the absence of Buhari, he should not be forced to resign.”
Fieding questions on the likelihood that the perceived cabal might want to use the National Assembly to impeach Osinbajo? Hadiza responded: “Why would the National Assembly impeach Osinbajo? For what offence? I Hadiza Ibrahim will not agree to that. I am crying out now. The change we asked for is reality. It is change for progress, and a change to move the country forward. It is not a change for different things.
“I believe in Buhari and Osinbajo joint mandate. I am crying now because I don’t understand where things are going to in Nigeria now. The cabal may ask him to resign, let me use this medium to tell him, he should not. Osinbajo has a mandate because we voted for Buhari and him. The mandate will last till May 29, 2019. So, he should not be coerced to resign so that he would not betray the confidence we have in him.