President Muhammadu Buhari appeared to be in a jovial on Monday as he inaugurated a 30-man new minimum wage committee, while using the moment to comment on the resignation of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar from the ruling APC in a tongue-in-cheek manner.
While making routine greetings before his remarks during the inauguration ceremony in Abuja, President Buhari, turned to the national chairman of the APC, John Odigie-Oyegun, and said “accept my sympathy for losing a senior member of your party”.
Although, Mr. Buhari did not mention any name, Mr. Abubakar is the latest senior member of the APC to have left the party.
Mr. Abubakar last week announced that he was resigning because of the party’s failure to fulfil its promise to Nigerians.
The president joked even more as he read out names of attendees.
“My speech has no name of the CBN governor, but I dare not read it out without addressing the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria,” he said.
During a group photograph session with members of the committee, Mr. Buhari joked with the governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, by stating why the governor was not “properly dressed” as opposed to his counterpart from Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu.
Before a shocked Mr. Aregbesola could recover, Mr. Buhari pointed to the Armed Forces Remembrance emblem on the chest of Mr. Bagudu which was missing on Mr. Aregbesola.