•VP teases Lai Mohammed, Abba Kyari, says Ramadan has reduced their troublesomeness
John Ameh, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has warned Vice President Yemi Osinbajo against taking risks in the manner he goes about distributing TraderMoni, leaving himself exposed.
Buhari noted that he watched “hefty women” often rushing at his VP at many of the distribution centres, adding that he feared Osinbajo could be mobbed.
TraderMoni is one of the Buhari administration’s social intervention programmes domiciled in the office of the VP.
Buhari gave the warning when he hosted Osinbajo, members of the Federal Executive Council, security chiefs and heads of Federal Government agencies to the breaking of fast at the Presidential Villa.
Buhari stated, “This `market money,’ I warned the Vice-President; I don’t like him to be mobbed, especially the way I see hefty women coming and confronting him, he should be very careful.
“These are very good initiatives. Initially, I was quite reluctant but I must admit they are very good programmes and they endear this government to a lot of poor people because of this N5,000 or N10,000 being given to them as loans.
“They are fantastic programmes and I have to admit quite honestly that the Vice-President was ahead of me by insisting on them. But he knows me; if he insists, I will say `okay go and do what you like.’ He did it and I’m very pleased as he is being very successful.”
Only last week, the VP was in Awka and Onitsha, two towns in Anambra State, to distribute the money.
He stated that up to 2,000 beneficiaries were targeted to receive funds ranging from N5,000 to N50,000 in loans facilitated by the Bank of Industry.
He added, “So, I welcome the Vice-President’s initiative on school feeding programme. If you check in your localities, the enrolment into schools improved because a lot of children can get at least one good meal a day. That is the position of this country.
“But culturally, some of us are quite merciless, we don’t care about what happens to others, we just keep on moving forward.”
Osinbajo, who responded on behalf of those who shared meal with Buhari, thanked him for the decision to invite both Muslims and Christians to break the Ramadan fast with him.
He said, “Mr President, I must say there are some reasons I had always looked forward to the Ramadan season. But some of those reasons are now being seriously challenged.
“The first of those reasons is that during the Ramadan, meetings are usually very short. But, unfortunately, last Wednesday, Mr President seemed to have destroyed that very good notion by taking us through the longest FEC meeting in the history of the Federal Executive Council. So, we shouldn’t expect anymore that meetings will necessary be short during the Ramadan.
“The second is that some of my friends are far less troublesome during the Ramadan. People like Lai Mohammed, Abba Kyari, Adamu Adamu, they are usually very well behaved during the Ramadan. But I’m not even sure that that is true anymore.”