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Seun Bisuga: Osinbajo’s lengthy status integrity and why we will have to forget about the lies

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 persona 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 process.

The most recent providing of commendation got here following the declaration of Nigeria as polio-free via 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 unfastened 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 would possibly argue that it’s not unusual for a md to bathe praises on his deputy, others will inform you that it needs to be earned and I believe the latter is correct. However Osinbajo’s lengthy historical past of integrity was once 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 document to steer the criminal 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 pick out the Vice President as legal professional normal was once overwhelming. It was once no longer simply his unmatchable brilliance that stuck the attention however his integrity.

He was once due to this fact appointed Commissioner of Justice and Legal professional Common. All through his time as legal professional normal, many reforms have been undertaken together with the established order of the Place of business of the Public Defender, fiscal and criminal restructuring amongst different notable issues however one thing else additionally came about. This stumble upon was once recounted via Richard Akinnola, famend attorney and journalist.

Consistent with him, a few years in the past, when Osinbajo was once the Legal professional-Common and Commissioner for Justice in Lagos state, he revolutionised the infrastructures of the Lagos judiciary with new fashionable constructions. So sooner or later, the principle contractor, a overseas one highly regarded in Nigeria (title withheld), got here to satisfy Yemi Osinbajo to turn appreciation.

The officers of the contractor gave him an be offering as they generally 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 post a construction for him as private space, to turn appreciation. Osinbajo didn’t say anything else.

He dialed the intercom and invited his Solicitor-Common, Fola Arthur-Worrey. Once Fola got here, he requested him to turn the contractor the website online of the brand new court docket library the ministry had sought after to construct however installed abeyance because of paucity of budget.

He requested the contractors to practice Arthur-Worrey to turn them the website online. The officers of the contractor have been surprised. They it appears have been encountering this sort of executive legitimate with such integrity for the primary time.

However Osinbajo’s integrity has swelled since then. As Vice President and appearing President, he has rejected uncountable quantity of gives from oil firms, multinationals, and so forth that many stand in awe of him, regularly describing his movements as ‘uncommon’.

Politicians, non secular and standard leaders have at other instances presented 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 endured 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. “With the exception of being a competent human being, the VP is without doubt one of the maximum fair other people I’ve come throughout in my existence. I make daring to mention that the VP has qualities worthy of emulation via different Nigerians.”

Osinbajo’s integrity has additionally endeared him to standard rulers. Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’advert Abubakar III, paid a sparkling tribute to Prof. Osinbajo on the Nigerian Perfect Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) in 2019.

“He has management given to him via the Lord God Almighty, this can be a believe and accountability 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 informed 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 top esteem described him as essentially the most fair Nigerian chief. “I need to in particular commend the Vice President for his loyalty, his dedication and determination against the transformation of Nigeria to its provide state. We’re totally conscious about the location President Buhari and his deputy, Osinbajo, met the rustic however nowadays, issues are converting for the simpler as a result of their efforts.

“That is as a result of the superb running courting between President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo. Prof. Osinbajo is essentially the most fair individual and chief Nigeria has produced lately.

“His courting has remained cordial with Buhari in large part as a result of his honesty, I commend you, Vice President. I’m in particular pleased with the Vice President for the way in which he has proven loyalty to President Buhari, Daura Emirate is terribly thankful, in your dedication and self belief remodeling Nigeria in spite of the demanding situations.”

The distinction Prof Osinbajo instructions has resonated some of the Christian group particularly in the case of 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’s going to inform you that, “I dare say that I individually have no idea every other Christian chief in Nigeria with the type of impeccable popularity, persona and integrity as that of Professor Osinbajo.”

Respected Bishop Francis Wale Oke stocks a an identical sentiment. The president and founding father of Sword of The Spirit Ministries Global says Prof Osinbajo is incorruptible. “The VP is at all times attaining out to Christian leaders at the want to improve President Buhari; he’s too dependable to a fault. So, the ones plotting his downfall via orchestrated campaigns will have to concern 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 top ethical status who’s as blank as a whistle. He’ll no longer suitable any cash that doesn’t belong to him to himself.

What about across the world? How do other people view the Vice President? Joel Rainey, a US-based pastor who hasn’t ever met steered Nigeria to lend United States the products and services of Prof Osinbajo for 4 years.

Prof. Osinbajo is certainly a person who puts his excellent title above silver or gold. I will be able to depart you with this quote from his opinion at first printed in The Father or mother-while an worker of the then Federal Army Govt-on Tuesday, November 4, 1992 titled ‘A Subject Of Honour’ by which he introduced his braveness to endure via urging former Head of State, Common Ibrahim Babangida to stay to his phrase and handover executive as promised.

Then a Particular Adviser to former Legal professional Common of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Bola Ajibola, Osinbajo wrote, “It is for that reason, 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 rule of thumb to the dominated. That unscrupulous politicians may just frustrate a carefully-planned six 12 months 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 make a selection the choice that make its go out conceivable at the agreed date. That is the way in which of honour.”

Osinbajo mentioned that even supposing he was once a Particular Adviser in that very same executive. In the end he needed to surrender quickly after because the powers that be have been uncomfortable with such braveness and ethical readability.

For this reason Nigerians, via and big, take into account that when pretend information traders and political schemes concoct lies designed to tarnish Osinbajo’s sterling popularity, it’s all a futile strive. The Vice President is understood via his excellent end result already, his symbol will continue to exist the continued 2023 murky variations and schemes.

Seun Bisuga is a journalist, social media analyst and political commentator. He will also be reached on Twitter @bisuclef
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