Saturday, 16 April 2016

Vice President is not happy with Buhari for slashing his salary by 50 percent

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has on Thursday, April 14, allegedly expressed regret for allowing President Muhammadu Buhari, to slash his salary by 50 percent, thereby hindering his financial capacity to donate generously to the mothers of the Chibok girls. Osinbajo, said that himself and Buhari are on half salaries, adding that the president was not given to frivolity and extravagancy.

 He made the pronouncement at the public presentation of a book, The Essential of Beauty Therapy, written by the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, at the Old Conference Hall, State House, Abuja. The public presentation of the book came on the day when the nation was observing the two years anniversary of the abduction of over 200 school girls from Chibok, Borno State, by Boko Haram insurgents.

Speaking on Buhari’s non-compromising principles on financial matters, Osinbajo who was the special guest of honour at the occasion, in place of the President, told the audience that he could not be expected to donate much to the launching of the book, because he was on half salary “The president and I are on half salaries. The president is very strict on money issues. So, don’t expect me to make a large donation,” he said. Recall, that Buhari and Osibanjo had on July 20, 2015 slashed their salaries by 50 percent.

 Also speaking, Osinbajo expressed concern that the issue of girl-child education was still a concern in the 21st century. “Girl-child education is still an issue, girls not having the opportunity to go to school. If the wife of the president didn’t have the opportunity to go to school, she wouldn’t have had the opportunity to reach others,” he said.

The president’s wife said her decision to present the book on the second anniversary of Chibok abduction was to contribute to the support of victims of insurgency, particularly mothers and children. “It is on this note, l’m dedicating this event and the proceeds from the sales of the books to be used to empower the mothers of the Chibok girls,” she said.

“Others are Buni Yadi boys murdered in their sleep in 2014 as well as support the malnourished children in the different Internally Displaced Persons camps and other children in such situation across the country. “As a mother, my heart is always with the parents of these children; I bear their pains and belief that this is one of the efforts to console them.

“The parents of these children brought to this event to witness this event are an indication that at individual level a lot can be done to alleviate their hardship.” She expressed hope that the book as a training manual would be part of the curriculum of the new National Board for Technical Education, Vocational Enterprise Institute and National Institute Diploma on Cosmetology in beauty therapy in Nigeria. “My natural passion for beauty and fashion developed the unique interest to work, teach and mentor young ones on beauty and fashion.

 “In my over 10 years in beauty industry, l have trained, mentored and empowered hundreds of young Nigerians in different areas such as facial, skin and body care.” She said.