NairaBET founder, Akin Alabi, under fire for saying chief of staff more powerful than vice president

Akin Alabi NairaBet founder

Founder of bookmaking company, NairaBET, Akin Alabi, has come under criticism on social media for saying that the chief of staff to the president of a country is more powerful than the vice president.

Mr Alabi made the statement on the sidelines of the visit to London on Monday by the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, to get President Muhammadu Buhari, who is in the country on a two-week private visit, to sign a bill.


“Whether you like it or not, in a presidential system of government (eg, US, Nigeria), the post of the Chief of Staff is more ‘powerful’ than that of the Vice President. He is the assistant President. The Vice President is a stand-in for the president,” he wrote.

“It is NOT the duty of the Vice President to take a bill to the president. It’s the job of an assistant. Like the Chief of Staff. The Vice President has been excellent performing his constitutional duties and the ones assigned to him.”

Born in Ibadan, Alabi is a member of the House of Representatives standing in for Egbeda/Ona Ara Federal Constituency.

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