Osibanjo Vs El Rufai: Who Really Is Nigeria’s Vice President?


The Osinbajo-El-Rufai tussle is becoming all the more evident for Nigeria and the world to see.

As the elected Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Osinbajo is more often than not relegated to the background.

As a matter of fact, he is one of the most unnoticed Vice Presidents in Nigeria’s political history. He passes off as the ceremonial occupant of the VP position.

On the other hand, the unofficial but largely recognized de facto vice president is Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, the incumbent Governor of Kaduna State.

Nigerians have taken out time to notice that VP Osinbajo is either passive or not featured at all in significant official events in the country. Vanguard recently published an article titled Osinbajo Commits Political Apostasy

The article made sure to summarize Osinbajo as a political pawn used for President Buhari’s campaign. His academic and religious status were all manipulated to Buhari’s political interest.

Another factor that boosted Buhari-Osinbajo political team was his affiliation to the Awolowo family. Osinbajo is married to the grand daughter of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, patron of South West politics.

The Osinbajo-El-Rufai tussle started way back from the campaigns of the 2015 general elections. El-Rufai would have been the typical choice for Mr President but Osinbajo was perfect for political reasons.

Beyond speculations, the Kaduna State Governor is President Buhari’s confidant and best man. El-Rufai was the former Director General of The Bureau of Public Enterprises and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. President Buhari would rather grace vital meetings with El-Rufai than Osibanjo, his deputy.


Local reports confirmed an event that pronounced the Osinbajo-El-Rufai tussle. It said that the Vice President, Osinbajo walked out on a meeting presided by Buhari after being insulted by El-Rufai.

Another incident occurred when the VP was kept from attending a national security briefing because he supposedly did not have security clearance.

“The Vice-president was barred from attending a national security briefing on grounds he did not have security clearance. But who can have more clearance than a man elected by the people”- Femi Aribisala,

Nigerians are looking on to see the aftermath of the Osinbajo-El-Rufai VP tussle.