Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday said that the idea of running for presidential position in Nigeria in 2019 has never crossed his mind and that “none of that is on the cards” for now.
He stated this when he was asked by news men at the Financial Times Africa Summit in London, if he had intension of running as president in 2019.
Osinbajo acted as Nigeria’s President for the 152 days President Muhammadu Buhari spent in London this year for an undisclosed medical treatment.
On the likeliness that Buhari, 74, may decide not to seek a re-election in 2019, newsmen at the FT Africa Summit in London had therefore asked Osinbajo if he had any plan to contest in Nigeria’s coming election but he said “none of that is on the cards.”
Osinbajo, who regretted that Nigeria lost as much as 1 million barrels per day of oil production last year following militant attacks on oil installations, said that all that has ceased as Nigeria now pump about 1.85 million barrels per day and climbing toward 2 million, which is closer to its top production of around 2.2 million barrels per day.
He added that Nigeria’s government was making concerted efforts to diversify its oil-dependent economy because “we don’t have all the time in the world with oil. We have to use oil while it makes sense to do so.”
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