Namadi Sambo, former Vice-President of Nigeria, has refused to disclose the details of his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari because it was a ‘private’ discussion. His second visit to Aso Villa – coming after an earlier one to then Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on May 10, 2017 – has left political watchers guessing what his intention could be. He met with the president in his office for about 25 minutes.
The visit coming 24 hours after incumbent Vice President Yemi Osinbajo accused the Jonathan government, of which Sambo was a part, of ''grand corruption''.
Osinbajo said: “Today, with less revenue, we have increased capital funding by 400 percent as the minister has said, in power, works and housing, in defence, transportation, agriculture.
“If we want to do analysis in Nigeria, it is either fraudulent or ignorant if we do not bring money that belongs to corruption into the mass.
“This is what distinguishes, in my own respectful view, this administration from the other. I can say that with what I have seen, if you have a President who is not corrupt, 50 percent of your financial problems are over. This is what I have seen, I can demonstrate it with facts and figures.
“If the President is corrupt, the entire financial system is compromised and that is what we have seen with the figures we have just seen. That is something that is absolutely important that we must take into account,” Osinbajo said.
Namadi Sambo was, in 2010, tapped from Kaduna where he was governor to be deputy to then President Jonathan. Jonathan was unseated by Buhari in 2015, who feasted on then growing public denunciation of the government. Buhari has been playing a blame game, holding up the past government’s mismanagement as reason for his perceived ineptitude.