So one renegade reporter started spewing some lies in regards to the Vice President closing week however what Nigerians know in regards to the impeccable integrity and unquestionable personality of Prof. Yemi Osinbajo isn’t a brand new matter of public discourse.
On July 3, 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari mentioned some flattering phrases about his deputy, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. It isn’t the primary time he has showered praises on Prof. Osinbajo or lauded him for his integrity at the activity.
The newest providing of commendation got here following the declaration of Nigeria as polio-free through the Global Well being Organisation. “That is to specific our profound appreciation in your management of the Presidential Taskforce on Polio Eradication and Regimen Immunization. The declaration of Nigeria as a Wild Polio loose nation is the results of your efficient coordination of the Nigerian Polio eradication program in the course of the Presidential Taskforce on Polio Eradication and Regimen Immunization, Federal Ministry of Well being and the Nationwide Number one Well being Care Construction Company”.
Whilst some may argue that it’s not unusual for a chairman to bathe praises on his deputy, others will inform you that it must be earned and I believe the latter is correct. However Osinbajo’s lengthy historical past of integrity used to be no longer constructed in a single day.
In 1999, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu had simply been elected Lagos governor and he wanted a person with a stellar, impeccable report to steer the prison reforms in Lagos. On the time, he didn’t know Prof. Osinbajo and had by no means met him however the suggestions from neutrals to select the Vice President as legal professional normal used to be overwhelming. It used to be no longer simply his unmatchable brilliance that stuck the attention however his integrity.
He used to be therefore appointed Commissioner of Justice and Lawyer Normal. Right through his time as legal professional normal many reforms the place undertaken together with the established order of the Administrative center of the Public Defender, fiscal and prison restructuring amongst different notable issues however one thing else additionally came about. This stumble upon used to be recounted through Richard Akinnola, famend attorney and journalist.
In step with him, a few years in the past, when Osinbajo used to be the Lawyer-Normal and Commissioner for Justice in Lagos state, he revolutionised the infrastructures of the Lagos judiciary with new trendy constructions. So someday, the primary contractor, a overseas one highly regarded in Nigeria (title witheld), got here to satisfy Yemi Osinbajo to turn appreciation.
The officers of the contractor gave him an be offering as they typically do to Nigerian executive officers as display of “appreciation” after a profitable contract. They requested him to offer them a location the place they might publish a construction for him as non-public space, to turn appreciation. Osinbajo didn’t say the rest.
He dialed the intercom and invited his Solicitor-Normal, Fola Arthur-Worrey. Once Fola got here, he requested him to turn the contractor the website of the brand new courtroom library the ministry had sought after to construct however installed abeyance because of paucity of budget.
He requested the contractors to apply Arthur-Worrey to turn them the website. The officers of the contractor had been surprised. They it sounds as if had been encountering any such executive legit with such integrity for the primary time.
However Osinbajo’s integrity has swelled since then. As Vice President and performing President, he has rejected uncountable quantity of provides from oil firms, multinationals, and many others that many stand in awe of him, frequently describing his movements as ‘uncommon’.
Politicians, non secular and conventional leaders have at other occasions introduced their ideas at the persona of Prof. Osinbajo. Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, as soon as described him as a person of integrity, praying that he persisted to develop in knowledge, when Prof Osinbajo celebrated his 60th birthday in 2017.
Speaker of the Area of Representatives additionally described him as a fair individual. “Except for being a competent human being, the VP is among the maximum fair other folks I’ve come throughout in my lifestyles. I make daring to mention that the VP has qualities worthy of emulation through different Nigerians.”
Osinbajo’s integrity has additionally endeared him to conventional rulers. Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’advert Abubakar III, paid a sparkling tribute to Prof. Osinbajo on the Nigerian Excellent Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) in 2019.
“He has management given to him through the lord God Almighty, this can be a consider and duty and he’s right here in his capability as VP and we invited him to offer the keynote speech as VP of Nigeria and he permitted to be right here,” the Sultan mentioned.
Former Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II as soon as instructed Prof. Osinbajo to imagine Kano his ‘2nd house’, that is very similar to what many different monarchs have mentioned to him around the nation.
The Emir of Daura, Alhaji Farouk Umar who holds him in prime esteem described him as essentially the most fair Nigerian chief. “I need to particularly commend the Vice President for his loyalty, his dedication and determination in opposition to the transformation of Nigeria to its provide state. We’re absolutely acutely aware of the placement President Buhari and his deputy, Osinbajo, met the rustic however as of late, issues are converting for the easier as a result of their efforts.
“That is due to the very good running dating between President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo. Prof. Osinbajo is essentially the most fair individual and chief Nigeria has produced in recent years.
“His dating has remained cordial with Buhari in large part as a result of his honesty, I commend you, Vice President. I’m specifically pleased with the Vice President for the best way he has proven loyalty to President Buhari, Daura Emirate is terribly thankful, in your dedication and self assurance remodeling Nigeria regardless of the demanding situations.”
The honor Prof Osinbajo instructions has resonated some of the Christian group particularly in relation to politics. Ask Pastor Sunday Adelaja, founder and senior pastor of the Embassy of the Blessed Kingdom of God for All Countries, a megachurch founded in Ukraine and he’ll inform you that, “I dare say that I for my part have no idea every other Christian chief in Nigeria with the type of impeccable popularity, personality and integrity as that of Professor Osinbajo.”
Respected Bishop Francis Wale Oke stocks a identical sentiment. The president and founding father of Sword of The Spirit Ministries World says Prof Osinbajo is incorruptible. “The VP is at all times attaining out to Christians leaders at the wish to reinforce President Buhari; he’s too unswerving to a fault. So, the ones plotting his downfall via orchestrated campaigns will have to worry God. This guy isn’t corrupt,” he mentioned.
Famend professor of regulation, Itse Sagay mentioned this of Prof. Osinbajo. “The Vice President is an incorruptible guy of God, a person of prime ethical status who’s as blank as a whistle. He’s going to no longer suitable any cash that doesn’t belong to him to himself.
What about the world over? How do other folks view the Vice President? Joel Rainey, a US-based pastor who hasn’t ever met suggested Nigeria to lend United States the services and products of Prof Osinbajo for 4 years.
Prof. Osinbajo is certainly a person who puts his just right title above silver or gold. I will be able to depart you with this quote from his opinion orginally printed in The Father or mother-while an worker of the then Federal Army Executive-on Tuesday, November 4, 1992 titled ‘A Subject Of Honour’ by which he introduced his braveness to endure through urging former Head of State, Normal Ibrahim Babangida to stay to his phrase and handover executive as promised.
Then a Particular Adviser to former Lawyer Normal of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Bola Ajibola, Osinbajo wrote, “It is because of this, that those that say that executive will have to prolong the transition programme or refuse to handover in a chaotic state of affairs, will have to forestall this name to denigrate a solemn vow of the guideline to the dominated. That unscrupulous politicians may frustrate a carefully-planned six yr transition will have to imply that an extra few months of making plans can’t be failsafe. It follows subsequently that executive will have to choose the choice that make its go out conceivable at the agreed date. That is the best way of honour.”
Osinbajo mentioned that although he used to be a Particular Adviser in that very same executive. Sooner or later he needed to surrender quickly after because the powers that be had been uncomfortable with such braveness and ethical readability.
That is why Nigerians, through and big, remember the fact that when faux information traders and political schemes concoct lies designed to tarnish Osinbajo’s sterling popularity, it’s all a futile try. The Vice President is understood through his just right end result already, his symbol will live on the continuing 2023 murky variations and schemes.
Seun Bisuga is a journalist, social media analyst and political commentator. He may also be reached on Twitter @bisuclef