- The Arewa Youth Assembly (AYA) has declared its support for Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo
- The group was reacting to some reports suggesting that the vice president compromised in some of his duties
- The AYA described the reports as false and fabricated, saying they were meant to tarnish the vice president's image
A northern youth group, Arewa Youth Assembly (AYA), has lamented what they described as ‘false and fabricated’ reports against Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
In a statement sent to journalists on behalf of the group by its Speaker, Mohammed Salihu Danlami, the assembly urged Nigerians to disregard the reports against Osinbanjo.
The group stated that nobody has yet produced any evidence to prove that Osinbajo actually collected the money.
The AYA said the allegations were aimed at tarnishing Osinbajo’s image and ultimately embarrass President Muhammadu Buhari.
“After fact-checking the accusations for inaccuracies, falsehoods, lies, misrepresentations, misinformation, disinformation and libelous comments, they failed all norms, standards and ethical principles of international presidential communication,” part of the statement said.
The group said the vice president has contributed to the development of the country and his achievements could not be eroded by mere allegations.
“As members of AYA, we have been watching the vituperations, falsehood, and vendetta directed at Osinbajo. We have read a series of paid advertorials where professional mudslingers at the urging of their sponsors took shots at the hardworking and God-fearing vice president.
“Even when Osinbajo’s achievements are indisputable and have been reputed for unquestionable integrity, a man of truth, probity, and honesty. He is a stabilising force in the polity, a visionary performer, who brokered peace with Niger Delta militants.
“The falsehood against Osinbajo cannot stand, those promoting the allegation of corruption against the vice president based on ethnoreligious sentiments must be resisted and we must begin to build a Nigeria where tribe and religion are not a factor. Osinbajo is a man of depth and substance,” the statement further reads.
Meanwhile, elder statesman and leader of the Pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo has warned that any treatment that would be meted out to vice president Yemi Osinbajo must be in accordance with the constitution.
Adebanjo, 93, was reacting to the rumours that the presidency is moving to reduce the powers of the vice president and subsequently sideline him.
He said that although the issue was “APC problem,” the vice president must not be ridiculed in the process.
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