My Encounter With Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; A Tribute For His 62nd Birthday, By Prince Adetayo Adekunle
My father, leader, boss, principal, mentor, uncle, friend and brother, His Excellency, Prof Yemi Osinbajo SAN, GCON is 62 today.
To start with, I have been privileged to have had close interactions, acquaintances and friendship with local, national and world leaders but two of them standout with their humility, HE General Yakubu Gowon and the celebrator, HE Prof Yemi Osinbajo. I must however stress the fact that I wasn’t born during the Gowon years so I never had any interaction with him as Head of State. But having interacted extensively with Omo Ologo, as I fondly call the VP, I can say without any equivocation that he’s the most humble political office holder I’ve ever come across all my life.
PYO exudes all the known virtues of Omoluabi; he is very humble, extremely brilliant, knowledgeable, wise, calm, “youthcentric”, hardworking and sincerely committed to all worthy causes of state, faith and humanity.
Of all our interactions, that of the 29th Day of January, 2019 would linger in my memories forever. The VP was in Oyo State for an event at the University of Ibadan. I waited alongside other PYO enthusiasts and top Oyo State government officials on the protocol train to receive him at the Ibadan airport. As soon as he landed, he exchanged pleasantries with everyone; thereafter I proceeded to enter my car which had been well positioned in the convoy.
Surprisingly, His Excellency beckoned on me to ride with him aboard the white Toyota Coaster bus ferrying him to the venue. Also on board were Senator Femi Ojudu, Oyo Deputy Governor Alake Adeyemo, Ondo politician, Sola Oke SAN, my very good egbon SSA Media Laolu Akande, Dr. Mrs Ebi Awosika, my friend, elder brother and campaign partner, Muyiwa Badmus aka Ribadu and a host of others.
While on board, the VP asked me about my media engagements and I briefed him extensively. He was highly delighted and he responded with “ku ise” (well done). I continued by saying that “sir, I have another media engagement today and won’t be able to accompany you to the airport from UI again”. Like a father to a son, he said “give me the radio frequency and time as I would be tuning in”
I later got to know that he listened and was highly impressed. On that same night, he sent my partner and I “an enablement” for our activities; a huge gesture that I have since documented in my upcoming book.
Once again, happy birthday to the Vice President, Professor Oluyemi Oluleke Osinbajo SAN, GCON; the Chief Driver of Nigeria’s National Social Investment Programmes; husband of Barrister Oludolapo; father of lovely children; enabler and destiny helper of many youths; an epitome of loyalty; a godfearing man and a workaholic per excellence.
Thank you for all that you do.
May the good Lord bless you and your family.
Hon. Prince Adetayo Adekunle B.SC, MCPA.
Oyo State Spokesperson, Professor Yemi Osinbajo Support Group.