Osinbajo’s Superlative Leadership Skills Yield Fruits, By Chukwudi Enekwechi 

William Shakespeare must have had a character like Prof Yemi Osinbajo in mind when he came up with one of his most popular quotes, “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.

No one can speak greatness in Nigeria without tucking the name of the Vice President of Nigeria up there. He is an emblem of uprightness in politics because he has worked the talk and talked the work. He is in a class of his own for obvious reasons.

For starters, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has carried out his job as number two citizen with zest, determination and focus. He has notrelented in supporting President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption drive and has done so with professionalism and integrity.

From all indications, it is obvious that Professor Yemi Osinbajo is not relenting in supporting President Muhammadu Buhari in resolving problems associated with governance. At times when emotions run high the intervention of the Vice President has helped to douse tension and soften the hearts of victims of some unfortunate conflict situations.

His timely interventions at some critical moments have also helped to assuage frayed nerves and reduce tension. This natural ability of the Vice President manifested in Benue and Plateau when farmers-herders clashed as well as other knotty national problems. At such occasions he has never failed to reiterate the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari, and indeed the federal government to find a lasting solution to the lingering problem.

It is also ascertainable that the search for solutions to the farmers-herders clashes have been multi-dimensional and Vice President Osinbajo through the National Economic Council proffered workable solutions to these problems. In the same vein he has continued to apply pragmatic solutions to the problem of unemployment and lack of skills among Nigerian youths.

The introduction of N-Power and School Feeding Programmes has given the direction and focus on how the problem of youth unemployment and abject poverty can be addressed in the country. Professor Yemi Osinbajo is also in the forefront of supporting struggling businesses to survive by facilitating the provision of various financial motivation, incentives and necessary amenities such as power and other infrastructure in the markets and other business places.

His involvement in Social Intervention Programmes as a way of supporting Nigerian youths to acquire necessary skills is already refocussing the Nigerian youths and turning things around. The Conditional Cash Transfer Programme which he is spearheading has helped to improve the living standards of many Nigerian youths.

It’s important to note that Professor Yemi Osinbajo has played very important roles at critical times during this administration and he is not relenting, hence he has been attracting rave reviews from some quarters especially those who usually critical of government’s achievements. This is also not surprising as he is paying a price for leadership and loyalty to the country.

In the eyes of most Nigerians Professor Yemi Osinbajo has emerged as a leader and solution provider as he does not play to the gallery, rather he uses pragmatic approaches to proffer workable solutions to the myriad of problems confronting the country. His insightful leadership has in most cases helped to resolve issues that ordinarily would have been intractable.

This is manifest in the National Economic Council where his proactive leadership has helped to revamp the economy to a great extent including exiting recession. Today the economy is witnessing growth in leaps and bounds as there is rise in foreign direct investments.

From the beginning Prof Osinbajo and President Buhari led the campaign for ease of doing business in Nigeria, and to a great extent this policy has encouraged both local and foreign investors to show interest in Nigeria’s economy. Today Nigeria is a preferred investment destination in Africa.

Even the doubting Thomases will accede to the fact that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is adopting the inclusive approach rather than exclusiveness in governance. This method has also given a lot of people in Nigeria a sense of belonging as they are able to connect with the Buhari administration on many fronts.

It is however regrettable that some cynics are trying to misinterpret Professor Yemi Osinbajo’s loyalty and friendship with President Muhammadu Buhari. There is no doubt that the synergy and mutual cooperation between the two leaders is helping to drive the development we are currently witnessing in various sectors of our national life.

For instance most infrastructural amenities are receiving attention across the country. They include power, roads, railways, housing as well as the agricultural revolution taking place in Nigeria. It therefore behoves all Nigerians to appreciate the sacrifices of the vice president in lifting the country up again.

By Chukwudi Enekwechi

An Abuja-Based Journalist

kwechis19@yahoo.com

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NEMA: Suspension Of Directors, Staff By Osinbajo Board In Order, Says Head Of Service

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita yesterday said the suspension of six directors by the Board of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, was in order.

Also, the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu said the agency recommended the suspension of the affected officers in order to allow detectives unfettered access to vital documents.

The two officers made the clarifications while appearing before the House of Representatives Committee on Emergency and Disaster preparedness investigating the activities of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

Those placed on suspension are the Director of Finance and Accounts, Akinbola Hakeem Gbolahan; Ag. Director, Special Duties, Mr. Umesi Emenike;  Director, Risk Reduction, Mallam Alhassan Nuhu; Pilot in-charge Air Ambulance and Aviation Unit, Mr. Mamman Ali Ibrahim; the Chief Maintenance Officer, Mr. Ganiyu Yunusa Deji; and the Director of Welfare, Mr. Kanar Mohammed.

The EFCC had in a report to the Presidency recommended the disciplinary measure in order to enable it to conduct unhindered investigation and have access to vital records.

But Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita yesterday  said the Vice President and NEMA board members acted in line with Public Service Rules on the suspension of the Directors and staff of the agency .

She also said the Governing Council has the powers to suspend the directors and other staff of the agency if the situation warranted .

The committee had invited the Head of Service to guide it on the procedure for suspending staff of the Agency and to ascertain if the Governing Council had the powers to suspend the six staff of the agency.

Represented  by Mustapha Suleiman , a Permanent Secretary, the Head of Service enlightened members on the disciplinary processes in the Public Service Rules

The Head of Service said: ” Under Section 4 serious misconduct is specify as serious wrongdoing and improper behaviour  which is inimical to the image of the Service, which if investigated and proven can lead to dismissal from service.”

“The list is contained in sections 03, 04, 02 which he said includes falsification of records, suppression of records, conviction of a criminal charge, bribery, corruption, misappropriation, embezzlement and sabotage etc.

“The indicted officer would cease to be on his/ her duty and the suspension can come from the Civil Service Commission, Head of Service or the Governing Council.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Committee  said the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo hadwritten to say because of his busy schedule, the Secretary of the Governing Council, who is also the DG of NEMA or members of the Council present at the hearing would answer questions meant for him.

The Committee turned to the NEMA DG to show them any law that gives the Council the Power to suspend the Directors and other staff of the Agency.

The Director- General reads: ” By the provision of the Act, the relevant section of the NEMA Act that allows the Governing Council to superintend the affairs of the Agency is Section 7(10).

” The Council shall have the power to (a) manage and superintend the affairs of the Agency .

(b) subject to the provisions of this Act….and function of the agency

(c) for the term and condition of service including remuneration of the employees of the Agency after consultation with the Federal Civil Service Commission, and do such other things which in the opinion of the Agency are necessary to ensure the efficient performance of the functions of the Agency.

“At no time were they  dismissed from the agency.”

The Acting  Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC ), Ibrahim Magu confirmed that the recommendation for the suspension of the said officers was given by the Commission in its interim report of its investigation.

“We received a petition in December 2017 and we went into the investigation proper.

“At a level, an interim position was provided and that those whose evidence of wrong doing has been established to be suspended in order not to hinder the investigation”.

He pleaded that the committee allow him to provide the requested  documentary evidence requested later.
In reaction to Committee’s question on  whether or not  members of the council were in agreement with the position of the position canvassed by the FG, Olusegun Adekunle, a Permanent Secretary in the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) affirmed that the decision was made by the council.

“What has happened is a criminal investigation conducted by the  EFCC and the preliminary report was for us to take a decision.

“I agreed with reason as canvased on how suspension should be done, if their continued stay in office will hinder investigation,” he said.

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Homegrown School Feeding Meant To Address Nutrition Challenge In The Country, Says Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has explained that one of the reasons the Buhari administration’s Homegrown School Feeding Programme was conceived is to address problems of malnutrition especially regarding primary school pupils.

Prof. Osinbajo stated this earlier today while receiving, at the Presidential Villa, a delegation of Nigerian human nutritionists led by the Deputy Governor of Kano State, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar.

Abubakar, who came with leaders of the Nutrition Society of Nigeria, had detailed the concerns of Nigerian professional human nutritionists on malnutrition challenges, and how Nigeria is faring regarding the global nutrition targets. The delegation urged the Federal Government to inaugurate a National Council on Nutrition to address the situation.

In his response, Vice President Osinbajo noted that the problems of malnutrition are part of the reasons “why we have the Homegrown School Feeding Programme to deal with the issues of human nutrition.”

He added that the Federal Government would be ready to collaborate with States where nutrition issues are most urgent in prioritising the implementation of the school feeding programme. Already, 14 States are benefiting across the country, with almost 3 million pupils being fed daily.

The Vice President stated that the government would consider inaugurating the National Council on Nutrition, urging the experts to come up with an action plan to effectively address the malnutrition challenges in the country.

 

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2019: Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Distances Self From Campaign Group

A group, “Osinbajo Volunteers” canvassing for Osinbajo as a presidential candidate in the 2019 election, has been disowned by the Vice President.

Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Vice President, Laolu Akande, said on his Twitter handle “please disregard this website created by faceless people for mischievous purposes. It has absolutely nothing to do with the vice president.”

The group, on its website, however exonerated the Vice President, saying: “Note that Osinbajo did not endorse this volunteer group. We have never met him. We are strong believers in the fact that he is the right ruler for Nigeria and must create a people’s volunteer base for him.”

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Ozubulu Attack: Osinbajo Sends Five-Man Delegation To Anambra

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, has sent a  five-man delegation to Anambra State to condole with the government and people of the State over last Sunday’s attack on worshippers at the St. Philips Catholic Church in Ofufe-Amakwa, Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area.

In a statement released by his spokesman, Laolu Akande, the delegation would also visit Bishop Hilary Okeke of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Nnewi, and the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital also in Nnewi to meet with some of the victims of the attack still in the hospital.

According to statement, “”The Acting President condemned in very strong terms the atrocious and dastardly act which has brought sorrow to many innocent families and has rightly provoked widespread condemnation,” insisting that such barbaric act constitutes an insult to our common humanity and its challenges, but will not overwhelm our collective resolve to rid our communities of all forms of violent crimes and criminality.”

Members of the delegation are: Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige; Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole; Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of State for Environment, Mallam Ibrahim Usman Jibril; and the Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwuka.

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Acting President Osinbajo Release N1.6bn Relief For Flood Victims

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, has directed the Ministry of Finance to immediately release of the sum of N1.6bn as support to the sixteen states affected by flood.

He gave the directive at Wednesday’s meeting of the Federal Executive Council, which he presided over.

The move, according to Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, is to help cushion the effects of the disaster on Nigerians.

Adesina, who spoke while briefing State House correspondents shortly after the meeting said the money would be taken from the Federal Government’s Ecological Account in the Central Bank of Nigeria.

“The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun was directed to release the money direct to the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA for onward distribution to the affected states,” he said.

Mr Adesina listed the affected States to include Ekiti, Osun, Akwa Ibom, Kebbi, Niger, Kwara, Ebonyi, Enugu, Abia, Oyo, Lagos, Plateau, Sokoto, Edo, and Bayelsa.

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Video: Acting President Inspects Collapsed Bridge Along Mokwa-Jebba Road

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, today inspected the collapsed bridge along Mokwa – Jebba Road in Tatabu Village, Niger State. The collapse of the bridge was caused by heavy rain fall in the state on June 12, 2017. 

Since then, travel time has increased from 2 hours to over 12 hours on the Mokwa – Jebba axis. The visit of His Excellency is to assess both the level of damage and progress of work, aimed at hastening the rebuilding of the bridge between Gidan Mai and Bakani Village. According to him, “The alternative route should become passable in another fortnight…everyone is committed to making sure it happens”

The Acting President was accompanied by the Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, and the Honorable Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde R. Fashola, SAN. 

 

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Acting President Yemi Osinbajo Visits Site Of Collapsed Bridge On Ilorin-Mokwa-Jebba Road

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday, visited the Ilorin-Mokwa-Jebba road for an on-the-spot assessment of the on-going repair works.

Recall that the bridge collapsed after an heavy rain that fell on June 12, 2017. 

Osinbajo, during the inspection, assured residents and road users that flow of vehicular traffic on the Ilorin-Mokwa-Jebba road would be normalized within two weeks.

According to the Acting President, “The Minister of Works is working on a lasting solution but in the interim we have assurances from  the contractors and engineers working here that this road will be made passable in about a fortnight.’’

He assured that construction work on building a new bridge would commence but that it would take some time for it to be completed due to the slow movement of material from Ilorin to the site.

According to him, “The contractors have informed me that movement of material to this location would be difficult and slow because of the deplorable nature of the road but with the commitment and support of the Federal Road Safety Corps and other agencies, the job would be done in good time.’’

He added the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing in collaboration with the Ministry of Transport were both working on a more lasting solution that will reduce the over -dependence on the highway especially by diverting the movement of heavy duty cargo from the roads to the railways.

While speaking to youths who had gathered at the site of the collapsed bridge, Prof. Osinbajo conveyed the greetings of President Muhammadu Buhari to the community and urged for patience while government’s efforts are in top gear to fix both the collapsed bridge and the road.

The Acting President was companies on the visit by Mr. Fashola, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing; the Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Bello, the Estu Nupe, HRH, Dr Yahaya Abubakar and other senior government officials.

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Open Letter to the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo By Abdulrasaq Adewole

Dear Acting President Yemi Osinbajo,

With due respect and humility, The Safety Advocacy & Empowerment Foundation (SAEF), a registered and Not for Profit Organisation established to promote and sustain an accident free environment (www.safetyadvocacy-ng.com) sincerely appreciate your esteemed office for providing our great nation with a purposeful leadership and excellent governancesince the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari, May GOD Almighty provide him with sound health and long life and may HE continue to bless, protect and strengthen you Sir.

It is imperative to bring to your attention that the Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria established by ISPON ACT 2014, published  in the Federal Republic of Nigeria Official Gazette No 62 Vol 101 dated 20th of May 2014 and empowered to be a body to which the Government, public or private organisation can have recourse for advice, or assistance on any subject of concern or interest to safety of life and property (ISPON General Policy Guideline – C4) is presently enmeshed in unhealthy, unsafe and unprofessional leadership tussle which if not resolve immediately could lead to several untoward incidents that could have been prevented by a visionary and result oriented leadership as expected of us.

The word of Prof. Chinua Achebe of blessed memory “The damage done in one year can sometimes take ten or twenty years to repair” lingers in our mind as passionate safety professionals whenever we see our professional body that is meant to save lives and properties is now being factionalised with two Governing Boards that resulted from over seven different court cases, wastage of the institute funds and professional misconducts despite the planned intervention of the Department of Security Services and Association of Professional Body of Nigeria (APBN) to assist with the resolution. Our Leaders are beclouded by greed and lust for power.

Our leaders not minding what happens to the profession, vulnerable people and the Nigerians at large are involved in a selfish, egoistic and meaningless path of war with accusations and counter accusations on tenure elongation, financial fraud, financial misapproriation, sharing of Dollars account, lack of financial stewardship in all the branches especially Lagos State Branch where members rejected the embattled Chairman based on financial integrity, poor accountability and dictatorial leadership and was imposed by the controversial electoral committee chairman as the only Executive member since 7th of Ocober, 2016 and he has not called for any branch meeting but busy organising fraudulent trainings to raise money for himself and his partners to fight for power. (http://safetyrecordng.com/columns/01/controversial-safety-professionals-2016/)

With due respect and humility Sir, as Professionals, History teaches us that unity is strength and advises us to submerge and overcome our differences in the quest for common goals, to strive, with all our combined strength, for the path to professional accountability and purposeful leadership so as to achieve sustainable success. Furthermore, in one of your words on the marble sir, you stated that “What the government needs is accountability. Resources must be managed well”

Your Excellency, it is against this background that on behalf of all  the passionate and dedicated safety professionals who are genuinely interested in promoting safety culture, preventing accidents and making Nigeria a safer place, we humbly plead with your esteemed office to:

  1. Mandate the Minister of Labour and Employment to intervene in this leadership crises and position ISPON in the best position expected to perform her responsibilities in line with ISPON Act 2014 before the end of July, 2017.
  2. Freeze all the bank accounts of ISPON, retrieve the past audited accounts (if any) and direct the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate all the financial dealings of the National and State Branches.
  3. Prosecute all the leaders (both National and Branches) found culpable of any financial fraud, misappropriation, corrupt practices and other financial crimes.

We believe when ISPON is professionally positioned, industry specific standards and guidelines would be developed in collaboration with the relevant Government Agencies in line with the Act and this will not only sustain the just concluded profiling of Nigeria on the International Labour Organisation (ILO), it will also assist with the passage of OSH Bill, create more employment and reduce accidents in Nigeria.

May God endow all the leaders with the vision, realism, and unselfishness as well as courage and steadfastness in the course of truth, which the present circumstances demand.

Thank you Your Excellency for your anticipated speedy intervention.

Yours faithfully

Kadiri Shamusideen             Dapo Omolade                         Engr. Jamiu Badmos

National Coordinator      Exec. Director – Programmes    Exec. Director – Strategies

SIGNED

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FG Committed To Support Start-Up Entrepreneurs, Says Osinbajo

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), has on Wednesday expressed the federal government readiness to support Nigerian start-up entrepreneurs.

He made the remark in Abuja when he paid a visit to “Civic Innovation Lab”, a non-profit organization with offices and facilities set up to support Nigerians in implementing business ideas that they have innovated.

The visit of the Acting President came on a day the Federal Executive Council approved a new “National Science, Technology and Innovation Roadmap”, designed to kick-start the engine of innovation and start-up in Nigeria.

Professor Osinbajo said: “The Buhari administration was a government elected to serve and would do so by giving support wherever possible to groups or organizations that are assisting fellow citizens to realize their dreams of owning their own businesses.”

The Civic Innovation Lab, based in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja has legal,   business development and navigational teams to assist Nigerian start-up entrepreneurs to move ideas from concept to implementation.

The Acting President was accompanied on the visit by the ministers of Industry, Trade and Investment; Budget and National Planning; Finance; Communications Technology and the Federal Capital Territory.

The Program Adviser of the Civic Lab, Mosope Olaosebikan, who received the team from the Villa, thanked the Acting President for what he called, an inspirational visit.

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Southern-Alignment: How Osinbajo Mended The Broken Ties By Eniola Opeyemi

The southern part of Nigeria is seen has the most United and the intellectually inclined not until the Biafra civil war led by the foremost Igbo lengend, Pa Chukwu Ojukwu, the war according to history was almost won not until the intervention of the Chief Obafemi Awolowo, who was said to have advised the Nigerian stated to cut the funding of the Eastern region, this advise was seen by many as betrayal by the western part of the country in spite their perceived strong relationship, hitherto, the advise may have been in the best of Nigeria as a nation whose founding fathers aspired to see her as successful yet the amalgamation last forever.

The Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s intervention was one of the best a decision maker would key into to keep nation, yet, it’s like a wound on so many others who have misinterpreted the action to keep a negative notion against the Westerners (Yorubas) even till date, I wouldn’t have gotten the first hand information if not for the compulsory one year service (NYSC), that gave the chance to learn more about others culture and their view on other ethnic groups.

Looking into the day relationship between the east, south and western Nigeria, one would say the last have been seen of the unholy alliance when every part of the region came together to vote Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, the southern Nigeria was happy and see the Yorubas to have kept to their words, especially the south-south part of the Nation, most especially, the Niger-Deltans, but their seems to be a twist in the relationship after their second term aspiration of the Otueke maestro, most part of the west took another decision to withdraw the mandate, no thanks to the collapsed agreement between the then president and the acclaimed Yoruba leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, not forgetting the fall out with the Ebora Owu, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. Like so many political jobbers would do they took advantage of the constraints and chose to get rich as it is a perceived season for the politicians to reap and sow.

So many Governors knowing the juicy packages coming from the campaign train of Jonathan overtook the role of campaign DGs in their respective states, it also on record that the Nigeria Governors Forum has never been much happy than under the Goodluck Jonathan led regime, they seems to make rule at their pace and take decision even when it won’t favor the nation. Without digressing, many Governors who have even lost their grassroots got the campaign fund without a reliable connection with the electorates, the result is short of nothing less than under – delivery or not even delivering at all, note, not all governors accepted the offer of managing the campaign for Jonathan in their states. Reading through Segun Adeniyi’s books wouldn’t have stated less, thus, the many other staunch supporters of the former president, especially those from the Niger – Delta and the east would have tagged the westerners has ‘betrayers’ for not giving the required votes to their son, Ebele.

As a Youth corps member, and that of a Yoruba origin, my name, Eniola Opeyemi, is a symbol of the ethnic I represent, so many times I feel dejected for been tagged a Yoruba boy – the betrayers, I struggle to explain but most times I chose not to respond at all, accepting the fact That’s the extent at which our civilization as a country has reached.

Thanks to the move by the acting president, Prof. Yemi OSINBAJO, whose stride showed that the south as a whole can still produce something great, even beyond politics, his peace and reconciliation move in the south and the east showed his prowess not as a run of the mill Professor but a seasoned academician and a true pastor. Today, if anyone can reunite the south at this moment, it will definitely be the professor of Law. Like a senior friend of mine from the Niger-Delta said and I quote, “Reason behind Osinbajo’s success is born out of the fact that he is not a power monger or a sit tight power hungry politician”.

Reading through the headlines and hearing the Militants from the Niger – Delta volunteering to fight for OSINBAJO is a clear example, though, am not an advocate of truncation of peace, and I sure the redeem pastor will also object, but I write from my observations on how the south and the north will reunite for the betterment of the nation. The Biafra agitators now find a the confidence in the renown scholar as they wont turn down a meeting with him and he would neither resist meeting with them even in the middle of the forest.

A testimony of the Acting President’s stride is the former vice -president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, his boss in title, he said “Professor Osinbajo has demonstrated strong leadership by moving fast to nip the recent tension in the country in the bud, which arose from the quit notice issued on the Igbo by a coalition of northern youth groups and the counter notices from groups from other regions.”

Today, am glad and reassured that we can all live in unity, irrespective of our ethnic, division along political lines and religion.

Thank you Omowe OSINBAJO

Eniola Opeyemi writes.

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Ag. President Yemi Osinbajo Restates Commitment To Sustain Nigeria’s Unity

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, has on Sunday, maintained that the Buhari-led administration will do everything to sustain the unity among citizens of the country.

The Acting President made the remarks at his official residence, also known as Aguda House, where he received the Muslim community in Abuja and environs that paid him Sallah homage, to mark the 2017 Eid-el-Fitr.

Receiving the delegation on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari,, the Acting President said: “Your ethnicity doesn’t matter and that is why for us, unity is so important that we must work together to make sure that our country is able to take care of the millions people we govern. God expects us to take care of the poor and those suffering, to ensure that we use government resources only in such a way that will the good of the majority of our people.”

Professor Osinbajo re-echoed President Buhari’s sallah message to citizens, saying that the country must remain united.

He enumerated the gains of unity to include, love towards one another, integrity, enjoying the endowments of the nation, gaining respect globally and diversity among others.

“Our unity is not negotiable. We should make sure that we remain united in order to enjoy the resources God has blessed Nigeria with. So many nations envy what we have as a nation,” he said.

The Acting President used the opportunity to pray for President Buhari’s quick recovery and return to Nigeria, adding that the President still has a lot to do for Nigeria.

“We are praying everyday and we know that the Lord God Almighty who we serve will bring our President back in good health and that he will serve this nation with the same determination and the same spirit of oneness, the same spirit that he has always serve this nation from when he was a young man. He will serve this nation and complete the period of his service in good health, in good shape and our country will be the better for it,” he stated.

Leader of the delegation and Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello said paying sallah homage was customary as a mark of respect for the President.

He thanked security agencies, religious and traditional rulers in the FCT for playing a great role in sustaining the peace being enjoyed in Nigeria’s capital city.

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