I Would Rather Resign As Vice President Than Compromise My Faith – Osinbajo

Yemi Osinbajo, the vice president of Nigeria on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, said he would rather vacate his office as

Yemi Osinbajo, the vice president of Nigeria on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, said he would rather vacate his office as the nation’s number two person than compromise his Christian faith.

Osinbajo stated this while responding to posers raised by some Christian leaders at the stakeholders’ meeting held at the new Banquet Hall of the Benue State Government House, Makurdi.

He said under no circumstances would he give up his faith but would rather vacate his position as the nation’s Vice-President at the slightest attempt to cause him to abandon his Christian virtues.

One of the speakers, the Catholic Bishop of Gboko, His Lordship, Williams Avenya, had reminded Osinbajo of the then-presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign promises that he would not Islamise the country and would protect the interest of all Nigerians including citizens of minority ethnic groups if voted into power.

Quoting Buhari, the bishop said, “My deputy is a Christian and there is no way I will Islamise Nigeria with many Christians in my team.”

Avenya noted that the killing of Christians and members of the minority ethnic group particularly in Benue State had proved that the Federal Government under Buhari was not living up to these promises.

Facing Osinbajo, the bishop said, “The point I’m trying to make is that a day is going to come when you, as the Vice-President, will bear the brunt of that problem of injustices in our land, especially those perpetrated on smaller ethnic groups that have no one to fight for them.

“So, as a Christian person, exonerate yourself from this situation,” the bishop advised the VP.

Responding, the vice-president said, “My Lord Bishop, you said you are not a politician, I am also not a politician. As a matter of fact, I’m also a priest and I’m a Christian, a born again Christian. Because I’m a born again Christian, my destiny is not determined by any man but by God who I serve.

“Let me assure you that under no circumstances, none whatsoever, will I give up my faith or refuse to stand up for my faith.

“You can take that to the bank. Even the position that I currently occupy, I did not ask for it and I’m prepared to leave it at a short notice.

“It doesn’t mean anything. I became a born again Christian after I became a professor, a professor of the law of evidence, a professor of proof.

“But when the Lord Jesus Christ met me, He persuaded me by showing me clearly that there is such a thing as the evidence of things that are not seen.

“It is because of the evidence of things that are not seen, it is because you can make something out of nothing that I stand here today as Vice-President.

“How possible can anyone say that the killing of women and children doesn’t matter because he is Vice-President or because he is President? How is that possible? Certainly, it cannot be for a person who is born again. A renewed mind will know that there is justice, there is consequence even if there is no justice here on earth.”

The Vice-President, while reacting to the issue raised by another speaker, Dr. Magdalene Dura, that the invasion of the state was an ethnic agenda, said no one would deliberately kill his own people.

“I do not accept and I do not believe that there is an agenda. No one will deliberately kill his own people. No one will do so. But we cannot bring back the dead but we can make life more bearable for the living.

“This is why coming here today at the behest of the President is first, to look at the situation myself, to get a first-hand view of the situation because the President has mandated me to take this on board and deal with the issues,” Osinbajo added.

In his remark, Governor Samuel Ortom appealed to the Federal Government to ensure that peace reign in his state.

The governor said that the killing of the two Catholic priests and 17 parishioners could have caused a religious crisis but for the prompt action of his administration.

He appreciated the Federal Government for deploying more troops in the state as well as releasing funds for control of flood.

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African Countries Must Work Together On Asset Recovery, Says Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo   African leaders have to collaborate to tackle corruption, ensure the recovery and return of stolen

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

 

African leaders have to collaborate to tackle corruption, ensure the recovery and return of stolen assets, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said on Tuesday.

Osinbajo made the call at the opening of a four-day conference of heads of anti-corruption agencies from across Africa in Abuja.

“It is only through collective action that we can stay ahead of the criminal elements who rob our countries and citizens of their present and their future,” he said.

“African countries must come together to keep the issue of asset recovery and return on the front burner of international discuss.”

The Vice President was at the conference with three former Presidents – General Yakubu Gowon, General Abdulsalami Abubakar and Thabo Mbeki of South Africa – as well as the Chief Justice Of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka, and the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland.

Heads of anti-corruption agencies of countries that are members of the Commonwealth, including the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr Ibrahim Magu, were also in attendance at the conference, the eight in the series.

Of concern to all of them is the estimated $148 billion that has been taken away from Africa illegally.

The Commonwealth Secretary-General described the scale of the problem as a ravenous storm.

“The difference between the money we need to deliver the hopes and aspirations contained in our Commonwealth Charter of 2013 and the commitment we all made when we signed up to the UN SDGs of 2015 and the money we have is the sum equivalent of that which is siphoned off by the corrupt practices of the greedy, the uncaring and the pernicious few,” she said.

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Osinbajo Represents Buhari At Inauguration Of Sierra Leone President

    The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, will be representing President Muhammadu Buhari at the inauguration of Sierra Leone President,

 

 

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, will be representing President Muhammadu Buhari at the inauguration of Sierra Leone President, Julius Maada Bio, in Freetown.

Prof. Osinbajo will be leaving today for the inauguration after which he will return back to the country later today.

The Vice President made this known through his spokesman Laolu Akande.

President Bio won the country’s presidential run-off election on March 31, 2018.

He took the oath of office on April 4, 2018.

 

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World Bank Officials Meet With Osinbajo, Adeosun, Others

  World Bank Mission officials will on Wednesday be meeting with the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Minister of Finance, Kemi

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World Bank Mission officials will on Wednesday be meeting with the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun and some governors in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The delegates which comprise of 10 Executive Directors will hold discussions with the Nigerian Government on the Bank’s project in the country.

In the World Bank Mission are the Bank’s Executive Directors for Switzerland, France, Italy, Nordic, Peru, Germany, South Africa (representing Angola, Nigeria and South Africa), Burkina Faso (representing Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa), Zimbabwe (representing Anglophone Sub-Saharan Africa), United Kingdom and Indonesia.

A statement by the spokesman to the Minister of Finance, Olayinka Akintunde, says, the delegation will discuss ongoing World Bank projects and the country’s development priorities with the Vice President, Minister of Finance and the Governors.

The officials will also meet the organised private sector in Lagos as well as undertake a tour of LAPO Microfinance project in Lagos and Azura Power Plant in Edo State.

The visit is expected to provide a first-hand impression of the challenges that both the Federal and State Governments face in implementing development projects as well as ensuring good governance overall.

It will further enhance the goal of the Bank for member-countries and the effectiveness of the Executive Directors in providing the necessary support.

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Osinbajo visits Ondo Thursday

Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will, on Thursday, visit Ondo State where he is expected to  inaugurate the

Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will, on Thursday, visit Ondo State where he is expected to  inaugurate the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Clinic, in Akure, the state capital.

The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Clinic is an initiative of the office of the Vice President in partnership with Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment as well as eleven other federal agencies.

Special Adviser to Ondo State Governor on Public and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Mrs. Olubunmi Ademosu while addressing a press conference in Akure yesterday said arrangements have been concluded by the state government to receive the Vice president in a grand style.

She emphasised that the Ondo State government has put in place all the required structures and processes that would ensure the  success of the programme, assuring that the state was targeting about 10,000 beneficiaries for the project.

She said “the Akeredolu administration has always prioritised the people as a key point of his administration as all programmes we have carried out have been evenly implemented.

“We have also ensured that political influence is avoided with the commitment to facilitate a sense of belonging to residents of the state,” she added.

She expressed confidence that the programme would go a long way in raising new set of enterpreneurs, while the existing ones would be guided on the best steps to take to add value to their efforts.

Ademosu said it would in turn compliment the efforts of the Federal Government in achieving an industrialised society.

Her words “owners of micro, small and medium enterprises are expected to focus on capacity building before accessing the most appropriate financial facility.

“This is why you have businesses that open and shut down in less than few months of establishment. Access to finance for at least five years is the right structure for these businesses and government is already working towards addressing that with the establishment of the Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN),” she added.

The Special Adviser explained that the idea of the MSME Clinic which will be personally attended by the Vice President is part of the efforts of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to close gap between the enterprises and relevant government agencies.

She noted that agencies like Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) , Bank of Industry (BoI), Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and others serve as facilitators of businesses and not obstacles to business development in the country.

Similarly, Ondo State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mr Timehin Adelegbe said the implementation of the programme is timely.

He said “It is coming at a period the Akeredolu’s administration is intensifying efforts at creating enabling and conducive environment for small scale businessmen in the state.”

 

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Osinbajo Blames Killings On Non-Implementation Of Protocol

  Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has blamed the recent killings by suspected herdsmen on non-implementation of protocols. Osinbajo stated this

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has blamed the recent killings by suspected herdsmen on non-implementation of protocols.

Osinbajo stated this on Thursday while opening a ministerial meeting of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Abuja.

According to the Vice President, protocols were necessary in the discussions to proffer a lasting solution to incessant killings in the region.

Osinbajo warned that many of the countries in the region are already struggling with food security, and the violence, if unchecked would lead to catastrophe.

Since the turn of the year, many have been killed in series of attacks in several parts of the country with many questioning the capacity of the security agencies to arrest the situation.

The bloodshed have however continued despite several military exercises launched to contain the several attacks, just as two priest and 17 others were killed on Tuesday after gunmen invaded a Catholic church in Benue State.

Worried by the situation, the Senate on Thursday summoned President Buhari to brief them on the spate of killings.

Also, some angry Senators moved a motion calling for the sack of the Commander-in-Chief over the purchase of Tucano aircraft at the cost of $496 million which according to them, did not follow due process.

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Buhari, Osinbajo Meet With APC Governors Behind Closed Doors

President Muhammadu Buhari speaks with Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State (L), Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State (C) and

President Muhammadu Buhari speaks with Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State (L), Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State (C) and other APC governors during the meeting

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday night met with Governors on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) inside the Presidential Villa in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha also attended the meeting, which took place at the First Lady’s conference room in the Villa.

Governors in attendance include Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna, Yahaya Bello of Kogi, Simon Lalung of Plateau, Jubrila Bindow of Adamawa, Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara, Rochas Okorocha of Imo, and Abdulahi Ganduje of Kano.

Others are Kassim Shetima of Borno, Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger, Tanko Almakura of Nassarawa, Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo, Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun, Godwin Obaseki of Edo, and Abubakar Bagudu of Jigawa.

The meeting started around 8 pm and ended around 11 pm.

 

L-R: Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State, Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State and Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State during the meeting

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Liberia’s Success Is Important To Nigeria – Osinbajo

File photo: Yemi Osinbajo   Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has assured the people and government of Liberia of Nigeria’s support,

File photo: Yemi Osinbajo

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has assured the people and government of Liberia of Nigeria’s support, noting that the success of their country is very important.

Osinbajo stated this while receiving the country’s Vice President, Mrs Jewel Taylor, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital, according to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the President, Mr Laolu Akande.

“Nigeria is committed to working with Liberia, we are certainly committed; the success of Liberia is important to us.”

“You can expect that we shall continue to support and even do much more for Liberia,” Osinbajo said. “We have invested considerably in Liberia and our support for the Sirleaf administration is also in that respect.”

Mr Osinbajo further reiterated the commitment of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration in seeing to the success of the West African country, formerly known to be war-torn.

Both Vice Presidents also spoke on the significance of their youth population, the role of technology in development and the need for greater intracontinental trade among African countries.

The Liberian VP, who arrived Nigeria a few days ago, spoke on Friday at the Inaugural African Women Summit for Peace and Development.

 

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Mace theft: Osinbajo, Ekweremadu in closed door at Aso Rock

Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu met behind closed at the the

Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu met behind closed at the the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The meeting came hours after some hoodlums, said to have been led by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, invaded the Senate plenary session and made away with the mace, the symbol of authority of the Senate.

Speaking to State House Correspondents at the end of the meeting, Ekweremadu said he came to update Osinbajo on what happened earlier at the Senate.

“I am sure you are aware of the Senate invasion today and we have to come and brief the Vice President because the President is not in town. So it was appropriate for him to know what transpired because we run a democracy, we are all in one government. It is the responsibility of the President or the Vice President to ensure that there is law and order in the country, and once we have this kind of major development it is important that he is briefed at the earliest opportunity,” said the Deputy Senate President.

“As the Senate President is out of the country, it is therefore my responsibility to come over and brief the Vice President. He has sympathized with us over what happened, and he is going to join forces with us to ensure that we get to the root of the matter to make sure that this will not happen again.

“For us, it’s a threat to our democracy, the invasion of the parliament is not acceptable to any person. It is not acceptable to me, it is not acceptable to the VP, it not acceptable to my colleagues. I believe it is not also acceptable to the President, so those who acted this script must be on their own.

“All we need to do as a country is to ensure that this is forestalled, and I want to appeal to the media to help us discourage this kind of brigandage so that people have to behave in a very responsible manner. But let me assure you that we are on top of the situation. We did our sitting today and we are going to continue tomorrow.

Ekweremadu continued that: “Having suffered suspension, does Omo-Agege has legal right to enter the chamber? It was a breach of the law for him to force himself into the chambers. As I said, the police is still investigating. We are going to find out the details of those who aided him to come in, and then some of them I believe have been arrested, and we will get to the root of the matter,” the Senator said.

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