Oluremi Tinubu’s Presence At President’s Meeting With Emefiele, Kyari Sparks Reactions

The Nigerian first lady, Oluremi Tinubu, has been criticized online for breaking protocol, less than 24 hours after her husband, Bola Tinubu assumed office.

A photo making the rounds online captured Remi, the President, and vice president, Kashim Shettima during a meeting on economic matters.

The viral photo is reportedly from the meeting of Tinubu with the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, and the Group Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), Mele Kyari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

It is uncertain if she took part in the meeting but many Nigerians have taken to social media to express their reservation about the photo.

@luvinxtain wrote: “We are in for a very long ride. So Remi Tinubu was also elected. She sits where decisions are made and a very important meeting is held. She is not just the first lady but also the deputy president. From Iyaloja General of Nigeria to First Daughter of the FRN. Family enterprises”

@Nackson147 wrote: “This is the same way they were sharing questions at Chatham House London and some dumbs were justifying it and today we’re having first lady sitting in Economic briefing.
An office that does not align with De constitution of federal republic of Nigeria.
what a unlawful country!!”

@philip_chibuike wrote: “Is there anything we don’t know about the pseudonym occupying Aso Rock? What business has the INEC-select first lady got to do in meetings about the economy?”

@MikaelCBernard wrote: “Less than 48 hrs after inauguration, Remi Tinubu has already overstepped her boundaries as First Lady and is now sitting in meetings with the CBN govt.

Why on earth will the First Lady be briefed on economic matters by the CBN and NNPCL?

Emefiele has been a disgrace to the Central bank. He has made a caricature of the institution. The NNPCL has always been a joke, albeit an expensive one.

We won’t tolerate the gross disregard of national institutions again. This nonsense must stop. The First Lady is a ceremonial title, not an elected office that should be briefed on matters of the economy”

@Dr_dabo1 wrote: “This picture speaks a lot,first lady who is not part of the executive but she’s attending a meeting with CBN governor,and I’m very sure tinubu will just be sitting watching shettima and remi deciding.Nigeria will be govern by remi and shettima…No doubt”

By Rachel Okporu Fadoju