Working Together, Nigeria Will Realise Its True Potential – Osinbajo

A file photo of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
A file photo of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is confident that Nigeria will overcome its diverse challenges and realise its potentials.

He believes this can be achieved if people who share progressive views continue to work together in the interest of the country.

Professor Osinbajo made the remarks on Wednesday when he received members of a South West Think-Tank, known as IMODOYE (knowledge is valuable), led by a former governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

“I am very hopeful that this country will truly realise its potentials and I believe that all of us working together can make that happen; if the progressive ideas are put forward and we focus, then this country indeed will work,” he said.

The Vice President added, “The country is ours; we should make it happen, there will be many challenges, but I think that we must be prepared to face it until progressive views of improved welfare for the citizens that we represent, eventually prevail.”

He highlighted the efforts of the Muhammadu Buhari administration to address some of the challenges confronting Nigerians.

Professor Osinbajo noted that the best way out of the country’s present situation was to have a massive plan for investment.

“That is really how to create opportunities for jobs, which is what we are hoping to achieve with the Economic Sustainability Plan, creating opportunities through the solar investments with five million connections, the Farms for Jobs Project and the Social Housing Scheme,” he added.

The Vice President reiterated that the welfare of the people and the progress of the country have always been and would remain the priority of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the present administration.

In his remarks, Daniel said the visit was to identify with and support the cause of the Vice President whom he described as “intelligent, hardworking, articulate” and a very proud son of the south-west region.

“We want to let you know that you are appreciated, we are proud of you and the work that you are doing, we know it is not an easy job.

“We also want to let you know that we want to join you in nation-building, if there is anything, any assignment you want us to undertake, we are at your service, that is why we are here,” he said.

We Cannot Afford A War In This Country – Osinbajo

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, speaks at a meeting with APC leaders from the South East in Abuja on April 27, 2021.

 

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has called on the elites to rise up and speak the truth against forces of division in the country.

He explained that this has become necessary to preserve the unity of the nation as Nigeria cannot afford a war.

“We cannot afford a war in this country … it is the political elite that will determine what will take place,” the Vice President was quoted as saying in a statement on Wednesday by his spokesman, Laolu Akande.

He warned, “If we keep quiet, if we say nothing and hope that things will just normalise, we may be wrong; and we may find ourselves heading for something much worse than we are seeing today.

“If the political elite does not speak up, if we don’t see anything wrong in what is going on, if we allow it to continue to slide, we will endanger ourselves and endanger the future of our country.”

Professor Osinbajo made the remarks on Tuesday in Abuja at a meeting with leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South-East, particularly chieftains and members from Anambra State.

He stated that every conflict was a result of the elite’s failure to speak up and tell the truth to their communities.

 

‘A War Without End’

The Vice President urged the leaders to speak up, saying there was greater danger in keeping quiet than to stand against any wrongdoing.

“The thing about the kinds of conflicts in these parts of the world is that it is usually a war without end. Everyone who thinks that they have some money stored up somewhere is wrong, you will eventually run out,” he said.

Professor Osinbajo recalled a personal experience he observed in Somalia in the 90s when he went there to work with the United Nations, saying he saw a Supreme Court justice whom he had known before queuing up for food in the aftermath of civil conflicts in the country.

“Everyone who thinks they can go and hide somewhere; you won’t even find a place. In the end, everyone will suffer. Parents, children, young people, old people, will suffer,” he warned.

On the forthcoming primaries for the governorship election in Anambra, the Vice President said a fair process or fairness of justice would be fundamental in ensuring victory for the party at the polls.

Party chieftains present at the meeting included former Senate President, Ken Nnamani; Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Uche Ogah, and the Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, Festus Keyamo, among others.

FG Approves Strategy To Combat Poverty, Osinbajo To Chair Implementation Committee

President Muhammadu Buhari presides over the Federal Executive Council meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on April 28, 2021.

 

The Federal Government has approved a strategy to address the worsening rate of poverty in the country.

President Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, informed State House correspondents that the issue of poverty was debated on Wednesday at the Federal Executive Council meeting.

He said the Muhammadu Buhari administration acknowledged that there was poverty in the country and has put measures in place to fight the scourge.

Part of the measures to address the situation was the approval of a National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy presented at the meeting held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The President’s spokesman stated that the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, who heads the Presidential Economic Advisory Council (PEAC), would chair the steering committee to provide overall guidance for the implementation of the strategy.

The council also noted the Federal Government’s promise to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty and observed that June 12 would make it two years since the promise was made, Adesina said.

According to him, the council concludes that the effort is a work in progress and the government stands by its promise and will play its own part until the expiration of the tenure of the current administration.

Some ministers attend the Federal Executive Council meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on April 28, 2021.

 

Adesina disclosed that the council equally approved the implementation of the strategy and its incorporation into A Medium-Term National Development Plan 2021-2025 and Agenda 2050.

President Buhari, he said, has directed the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to prepare a bill for submission to the National Assembly to enable sustainable implementation of the strategy.

The meeting presided by President Buhari was physically attended by the Vice President, as well as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha; and the President’s Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari.

Some of those who were physically present included the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, Malami, Timipre Sylva (Minister of State for Petroleum Resources), Geoffrey Onyeama (Minister of Foreign Affairs), Zainab Ahmed (Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning), and Lai Mohammed (Minister of Information and Culture).

Medical Trip: Buhari Resumes, Receives Briefings From Osinbajo

Yemi Osinbajo and President Muhammadu Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday resumed office after spending 16 days in the United Kingdom on medical vacation.

Upon his resumption on Monday, Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo briefed the President on the state of the nation.

President Buhari left Nigeria on Tuesday, March 30, briefly after a security meeting with defense and intelligence chiefs, as well as other security sector managers.

He arrived in the country on April 15 via the Nnamdi Azikiwe international airport from the United Kingdom where he went on medical vacation for two weeks.

Before his departure, the Presidency had explained that Buhari’s travel to the UK was not on an emergency case and that the Nigerian leader was not sick, dousing insinuations from critics who raised the alarm that the 78-year-old was not feeling well.

“It is a routine medical check-up; the President has undertaken this with a set of doctors that he has retained over many years,” said Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity.

He also explained that Buhari did not transmit power to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, noting that the President will not be away for so long to contravene the law.

“The requirement of the law is that the President is going to be absent in the country for 21 days and more, then that transmission is warranted. In this particular instance, it is not warranted,” the presidential aide said when he featured as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

Buhari’s departure was also widely criticised by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which described the move as an indictment of his government.

“It is indeed worrisome that under President Buhari, even the hitherto highly rated State House Clinic, has become so moribund that it cannot provide a simple medical checkup service for Mr. President,” the PDP said in a statement in which it also accused the Buhari government of wasting taxpayers’ money.

‘A Voice Of Conscience,’ Tinubu Praises Aisha Buhari At Book Launch

 

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, on Thursday described the First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, as a voice of conscience.

He also commended the President’s wife for her virtues of sincerity and courage, as well as her contributions to the development of the country.

Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State, made the remarks at the public presentation of a book on the First Lady, titled “Aisha Buhari: Being Different,” held on Thursday at the State House in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He narrated the activities of Mrs Buhari during the 2015 general elections, saying they were instrumental to the President’s eventual success at the polls.

The event was organised by the Office of the First Lady, in collaboration with a gender-based non-governmental organisation – Women and National Development.

Wife of the Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, looks as Mr Bola Tinubu and Mrs Aisha Buhari exchange pleasantries at the event held on April 8, 2021.

 

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo; his wife, Mrs Dolapo; Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, Kayode Fayemi; and former first lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan, were among the dignitaries physically present at the event.

However, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, was represented by the Head of Service of the Federation, Folashade Yemi- Esan.

 

A Worthy Partner

The book, which was authored by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Women Affairs and Administration, Hajo Sani, was reviewed by Professor Fatai Aremu of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (Kuru).

In his remarks, the vice president noted that Mrs Buhari has continued to be a worthy partner and an inspiration for several good initiatives that Nigerians have come to identify with the present administration.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo converses with First Lady Aisha Buhari during the launch ceremony of a book about the latter on April 8, 2021.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo converses with First Lady Aisha Buhari during the launch ceremony of a book about the latter on April 8, 2021.

 

According to him, the book is not just an important addition to the literary canon on public life and Nigerian biographical history, but a window into the efforts of Mrs Buhari in empowering Nigerians.

“Aisha, as the world has come to know her, is kind-hearted; this made her transition to philanthropy and humanitarianism easy.

“When she became the first lady, her protective mien was exerted when women, children, and other vulnerable people are abused,” Professor Osinbajo said.

He added, “I have observed with keen interest, as she addresses many of the social concerns that have given her sleepless nights. She has, therefore, been a worthy partner and a beacon for some of the good things that Nigerians have come to identify with our government.”

Easter: All Will Be Well With Our Country, Osinbajo Tells Nigerians

 

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has encouraged Nigerians to have great hope that things will get better for the country, amid the insecurity and other challenges in Nigeria.

He gave the words of encouragement during a brief chat with journalists after he attended the Easter Sunday service held at the Aso Villa Chapel in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

“All will be well in Jesus’ name,” the vice president was quoted as saying a statement on Sunday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, as Christians all over the world celebrate the Easter season.

He added, “I just want to thank God for our nation and pray that our nation will experience the grace and mercy of God in so many different ways that we are expecting His grace and mercy.”

A file photo of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo speaking at an event.

While wishing Nigerians a Happy Easter celebration, Professor Osinbajo believes the message of Easter is a message of the special and exceeding love and grace of God.

“God’s plan for humanity was that Christ will die and will resurrect. The resurrection is evidence of the fact that those who believe would be saved eternally and would live eternal joy and peace with the Almighty, and that promise is open to every single person.

“Whoever you are, that promise is open to you. That is, if you subscribe to that plan; if you accept that Christ died for you and rose again and that the plan is fulfilled in the resurrection,” said the vice president.

According to him, the Easter season is one of great joy because Christians celebrate the evidence of the plan of God who has given humanity a receipt of salvation in some way.

Medical Trip: Buhari Needs Not Transmit Power To Osinbajo – Presidency

 

It is unnecessary for President Muhammadu Buhari to transmit power to the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the Presidency has said.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, stated this on Tuesday when he featured as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

He explained that President Buhari has not contravened the laws of the land by not transmitting power to Professor Osinbajo while away from the country for a number of days.

“He (Buhari) will continue from wherever he is,” Shehu said when asked if the President had transferred duties to the vice president.

He added, “The requirement of the law is that the President is going to be absent in the country for 21 days and more, then that transmission is warranted. In this particular instance, it is not warranted.”

 

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Hours before the interview, President Buhari departed the Presidential Villa for the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja at about 2:30pm after which he proceeded to London for a routine medical check-up.

The Presidency had said the President was expected back in the country in the second week of April.

Before he embarked on the trip, President Buhari met with the service chiefs where he directed them to identify the leaders of bandits and kidnappers and take them out to restore confidence in the areas affected.

He stated that the criminals would no longer dictate the tone, adding that he was aware of plans by individuals who constitute themselves as authorities to undermine the efforts of the central government.

In this picture taken on March 30, 2021, President Muhammadu Buhari waves ahead of his medical trip to the United Kingdom.

 

Since assuming office, the President has embarked on several trips to the United Kingdom to seek medical care, but he has not been to the country since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking about his principal’s condition, Shehu stressed that there was no emergency for the President to travel to London.

He insisted that the President was not sick in any way, adding that it was just a routine medical check-up just as he had done in the past.

Buhari Meets With Service Chiefs Ahead Of UK Trip

 

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over a security meeting at the State House in Abuja.

This is taking place hours before his scheduled trip to the United Kingdom today for a routine medical check-up.

Those in attendance Chief of Defence Staff, Lucky Irabor who arrived at the State House shortly before 10.00 am; the Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru; Chief of Naval Staff, Awwal Gambo, and the Chief of Air Staff, Marshal Isiaka Amao.

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Others at the meeting include Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari; the National Security Adviser, Babagana Munguno; and the Inspector General Of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

President Buhari is expected to proceed to London, the United Kingdom for a routine medical check-up, later today.

He is expected back in Nigeria during the second week of April 2021.

President Buhari had embarked on several medical trips between 2015 and 2019. During one of his trips in 2017, he spent 103 days in London with the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, acting as the President then.

FG Leveraging Fintech Innovation To Address Agric, Energy Challenges – Osinbajo

A file photo of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

 

The Federal Government is leveraging the innovative capacity of Fintechs to accelerate interventions, especially those under its Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP), including programmes on renewable energy, agriculture, improving access to credit and direct cash transfers, among others, the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo said on Friday.   

Professor Osinbajo stated this at the official launch of the Nigeria Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Fintech Hackathon in Abuja.

“This is incredibly powerful for our efforts at resolving the climate crisis, transitioning to cleaner energy, but it also introduces a tremendous opportunity for Fintech companies for payments systems,” he said.

The vice president added, “Being able to manage that whole process, collect monies in some case, and in many cases, payout to owners; I think that there are tremendous opportunities there.

“This is something we are starting now. Of course, several companies have already shown some interest. So, as we address climate concerns, there are major opportunities for Fintech companies and their creativity is going to be very crucial here.”

Speaking about leveraging innovations by Fintechs to address challenges in the agricultural sector, he stressed the need to expand the scope of sustainable farming and farming techniques.

According to him, this has become crucial because the people now realise that with deforestation and all the issues with farmer-herder clashes, it is important to look more closely at how to be more creative with farming techniques, engage and educate farmers, and use more extension workers actively.

Professor Osinbajo noted that this was the case, especially as the government tries to implement an aspect of its Economic sustainability plan.

“So, we have to first find out where these new farmers work and we have to geo-tag them to their farms. But more importantly, we had to get credit to them one way or the other because many of them are in far-flung areas of the country.

“But not just credit, also information that they would need for choosing the right type of fertiliser, and other farm input. There is no question at all that Fin-Tech is crucial and would even be more crucial, especially as we pursue goals of financial inclusion and try to reach hitherto unreachable parts of the country,” he said.

The vice president believes there is no better way to address the issues of poverty and others around the SDGs if the country is unable to reach those who need to be reached with credit.

In ensuring a smooth transition to clean energy, he explained that such a process required those who could facilitate the movement of money quickly – such as the Fintech companies.

Professor Osinbajo, therefore, appealed to young Nigerians to aspire to achieve their dreams and take advantage of the exciting opportunities that abound in the tech systems.

The event was organised by the Financial Centre for Sustainability Lagos (FC4S Lagos), Nigeria Climate Innovation Centre (NCIC), Access Bank and AfricaHacks.

The Naija SDGs Hackathon aims to facilitate the development of Fintech solutions that have a direct impact on the realisation of the SDGs.

Guests at the event included the Senior Special Assistant to the President SDGs, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire; the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on SDGs, Solape Hammond; and the former Special Adviser to the UK Prime Minister on Social Justice, Young People & Opportunities, Mr Nero Ugwhujabo, among others.

Osinbajo, Others In Owerri For Governor Uzodinma’s First Year Anniversary

People gather in Owerri on March 14 to celebrate the first anniversary of Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma.

 

 

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo; Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; Ekiti State Governor and Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), Kayode Fayemi among others on Sunday converged in Owerri to celebrate the first year anniversary of Imo State governor Hope Uzodinma.

Other governors at the Dan Anyiam Stadium -the venue of the event – include those of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello; Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Ebonyi, Dave Umahi and other personalities.

Yobe State Governor and chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Mai Mala Buni, was also in attendance.

Uzodinma was sworn in as Imo State Governor on January 15, 2020, by the Chief Judge of the state, Paschal Nnadi after the Supreme Court sacked Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

‘A Reliable Deputy’: Buhari Rejoices With Osinbajo At 64

A photo combination of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has celebrated Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on his 64th birthday, describing him as a reliable deputy.

Buhari in a statement issued by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, said he is proud to have selected Osinbajo as his running mate in 2015.

For President Buhari, Osinbajo is “a reliable and dedicated deputy who is not only admirably competent but also exudes confidence and passion in the performance of his job.”

“I’m proud to have selected Osinbajo as my running mate and he has given a good account of himself since our journey began in 2015.

“The Vice President is a cool-headed gentleman who puts the interest of Nigeria above other narrow considerations,” he added.

President Buhari also noted that “Vice President Osinbajo is an incredibly patient politician who demonstrates remarkable intellectual and mental energy in the discharge of his duties.”

He wished him many more prosperous years and God’s continued guidance.

Vaccination Of Buhari, Osinbajo In Pictures

This photo taken on March 6, 2021, captures the vaccination of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on March 6, 2021.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo both took the AstraZeneca vaccines on Saturday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The vaccine jabs were administered to the leaders by their chief personal physicians in the presence of some members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

After taking the vaccine jabs, President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo were presented with electronic cards containing the details of their vaccinations.

Others who witnessed the vaccination of the President and his vice included the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib, as well as the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu.

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Highlights of the event are captured in the photos below: