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Buhari Reportedly Planning to Appoint US-based Journalist Laolu Akande as Osinbajo’s Spokesperson



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Laolu Akande

According to a Premium Times report, President Muhammadu Buhari is making plans to appoint US-based journalist, Laolu Akande, as a Senior Special Assistant to lead the media and communication unit in the office of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Akande is said to have once served as North American Bureau Chief of The Guardian.

Sources say Akande’s appointment will be officially announced on Monday or Tuesday this week.

Reports also state that:

He is a pastor, and was a former editor of Saturday Tribune. He cut his journalism teeth at The Guardian in 1989, and was a foundation staff of The NEWS magazine.

He moved to the United States in 1997 after agents of then dictator, Sani Abacha, began harassing him over perceived critical stance of his paper (Saturday Tribune) to the administration.

Akande is regarded as “the longest serving African correspondent at the United Nations, and the only Nigerian journalist so far to have interviewed a sitting American president in the White House when he interviewed former President George W. Bush.

“He has also exclusively interviewed American folk hero, General Colin Powell, as well as billionaires like Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Donald Trump and several African leaders and presidents.”

An adjunct college professor, Mr. Akande worked with leading American newspapers including the Philadelphia Inquirer, and New York Newsday.

He worked briefly at the United Nations as a press officer and later as advocacy consultant between 2002 and 2004.


  1. jayboogie

    June 22, 2015 at 10:39 am

    errm, why is Buhari helping osibanjo to appoint his own spokesperson , is that how it works ?


      June 22, 2015 at 11:19 am

      Yes, that’s how it works. Nigeria runs a presidential democracy. The president owns the sole responsibility to appoint or sack.

    • John

      June 22, 2015 at 11:46 am

      Very unfortunate that Osibajo has become a stooge on arrival!
      Buhari appoint a spokesperson for Osibajo means Buhari does not believe in him.
      Sorry the greedy one Tinubu caused it.
      I listened to Osibajo and all his says is talk like an opposition.

      Buhari would rather employ someone else to speak for him than have him commit Tinubu blunders.

      This “mere commissioner” thing is fast catching up with him.
      No sympathy yet for Osibajo as he campaigned maligning Jonathan grossly. Nemesis man of God you may apologize to Jonathan and have your peace.

    • Warizdiz

      June 22, 2015 at 1:45 pm

      Karma is a bad ass bitch. When a so called man of God decided to play dirty politics he must roll in the mud with pigs. OSinbajo’s lied and his campaign (when they allowed him speak o) was filled with hate.

      On a different note, I think Buhari should look further afield for his spokes person. Those two are elementary in their approach. They have stated on the wrong footing already: ……The President did not order the sale of the jets in the Presidential fleet, the President did not summon a meeting before the NASS debacle, the President will declare his assets publicly, the President is waiting for the first 100 days….. Too much conflicting messages being put out there yet, no one seems to be in charge. Maybe he should sort out his on shit first before looking to sort out OSinbajo’s.

  2. bruno FIERCE

    June 22, 2015 at 11:19 am

    ” Buhari Reportedly Planning to Appoint US-based
    Journalist Laolu Akande as Osinbajo’s

    why can’t osinbanjo appoint someone himself, why must buhari have to be the one to choose the spokes person for the V.P
    this osinbanjo guy is just a puppet the way I see it. he has no say in issues.
    osinbanjo I know u look timid but don’t let them bully u, stand up and be fierce and make decisions for yourself. don’t let anybody police u or decide who u should hire.

    • mimi

      June 22, 2015 at 11:41 am

      Don’t mind that man , behaving like a houseboy . smh !

    • Morolake

      June 22, 2015 at 1:25 pm

      Wow, why do you guys sound so ignorant. The president has to SA’s as his spokesmen. Femi Adeshina & Garuba. So what’s wrong with Osinbajo having his own spokesman? It doesn’t in anyway make him a stooge. Prof. is very brilliant and the president knows. He does a lot of underground work and is known for strategy & implementation. So you guys should quit all these petty talk, its time to move Nigeria forward.

    • Jhennique

      June 22, 2015 at 1:59 pm

      serious ignorance us worrying you

    • OBJ

      June 22, 2015 at 12:24 pm

      Buhari actually employed him for Prof Osibajo so he can work and report to Buhari not Osibajo.

      Buhari was just playing along to win the election.
      Northerners will deal with that greedy Tinubu

  3. kikiki

    June 22, 2015 at 11:52 am

    What goes round comes round.
    APC called Sambo a ghost worker
    Now Osibajo is a mere commisioner

    This kama is too strong kikikikiki

  4. Hush Hush

    June 22, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    How will Tinubu deal with this bad market?

  5. Nigeria Youth

    June 22, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    If this is unconstitutional then Osibajo should resign and allow Buhari pick a VP of his choice.
    I am thoroughly embarrassed at this development.
    Tinubu should have known that Nigeria is not South West where he is accepted . Other Nigerians don’t regard him.
    Sad for Osibajo a thorough professor who is now a stooge. Greed!

  6. hmmmmmm

    June 22, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    So now we av 3 spokesperson for just the presidency?
    What do they want to say that one person cannot say it. Since its just for the presidency. This is serious WASTAGE! Sure this appointment is just to please somebody that invested in his re election bid.

    • nnenne

      June 22, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      Hmmmmmm…. CHANGE is finally here! !!
      Gullible Nigerians! SMH.

  7. RO2

    June 22, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Headlines is what drive the news but use of language is what drives the reasoning. Is it ” Buhari reportedly planning to appoint US-based Journalist Laolu Akande as Osinbajo” OR The Presidency (office of the president) reportedly planning to appoint US-based Journalist Laolu Akande as Osinbajo. I can smell mischief by people trying to undermine the office of the Vice President. We should all remember Osinbajo has done so much for himself in life outside politics.

    • NaijaPikin

      June 22, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      Exactly my thoughts. I’m more inclined to believe this should reflect “the presidency” – as in “office of the president”.

      To all those making noise self, please tell me a country where the Vice President is just as visible as the president. psssst.

  8. SLA

    June 22, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    You all don’t think the spokesperson was recommended by Osinbajo to Mr President for appointment???

  9. O

    June 22, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Buhari did not pick this spokeman for Osinbajo. Do some digging okay, Osinbajo picked this man himself. Lol at all the comments.

  10. Moyo

    June 22, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    i wish people will just think through they have read, people just post nonsense on the internet and blogs post it to drive traffic to their sites. People comment on topics they know absolutely nothing about, Is Premium Times the official media for the President’s office. SMH

  11. mimi

    June 22, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    this administration is going to be filled with Talk talk …

  12. mabel

    June 22, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    This bus don leave Tinubu for challenge ibadan. Lol. I envisage a very interesting 4 years. Now Oga Tinubu who is the boss? Don Buhari. Better don’t forget how the North rolls.

  13. Oxygen

    June 24, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Did you ever hear that the deputy or Vice make appointee, stop this ignorant of government

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