Presidency Denies Cancellation of Nigeria’s Participation In India-Africa Summit

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

THE Nigerian presidency has stated that the country’s delegation to the India-Africa Conference which started today in New Delhi is led by Industry & Trade Minister, Dr. Okey Enelamah.

In a statement signed by Laolu Akande, spokesman to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, the presidency denied that an advance party from the Vice President’s office had departed for India.

“No such thing happened because there was no such final decision to travel,” he said.

“Nigerians know wherever Mr. President is, at home or abroad he acts fully in his office except if on break, (is) indisposed or incapacitated,” Mr. Akande stressed. “So the question of his traveling creating a vacuum does not even exist at all,”

Earlier on Sunday, SaharaReporters reported that Professor Osinbajo, who was due to lead a 27-person delegation to the conference, had canceled it.

That development followed miscues by the Protocol Department of the Presidency, as President Muhammadu is also scheduled to travel to Equatorial Guinea on Monday.

That would have meant that Senate President Bukola Saraki, who is on trial for corruption, would in practice have become Acting President for a few days.