- Nigerian Twitter was fully charged on Thursday, January 7 following the happenings in the US
- The world watched in horror as a mob stormed the US Congress building to disrupt proceedings
- The stance of US Vice President Mike Pence also triggered arguments after comparisons his Nigerian counterpart became a trending topic
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo became a trending topic on Twitter on Thursday, January 7 after the actions of his United States of America counterpart, Mike Pence.
Pence had presided over a joint session of US Congress to certify the 2020 presidential election results.
The US vice president then affirmed that he could not take “unilateral” action to block the Electoral College results, putting him directly at odds with his boss, President Donald Trump.
Immediately the news from the US filtered out, some Nigerians started commending the decision of Pence and in the process, began comparisons with Nigeria's vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
One Gideon Briggs wrote:
“Professor Yemi Osinbajo has a thing or two to learn from VP Mike Pence.”
While the comments against Osinbajo were ongoing, admirers of the Nigerian vice president began tweeting and reeling out his achievements in office.
Top of the list was how Osinbajo as Acting President, terminated the appointment of the Director-General, Department of State Service, DSS, Lawal Daura after operatives of the DSS invaded the National Assembly in August 2018.
Afolabi Oni wrote:
“Most people are blindly sentimental and only think short term. Osinbajo knows when to talk and when to keep quiet. Just like Pence didn't start running his mouth at every indiscretion of Trump but knows when to stand firm. Both are great statesmen!”
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Bola Daunsi wrote:
“VPs Pence and Osinbajo in connection with the issue at hand are two different tales. Pence only just exercised a constitutional power vested in him by the US law which isn't the case in Nigerian Constitution.”
Recall that earlier this week, Tolani Alli, the personal photographer to Osinbajo has dismissed the claims of a woman who called out her boss on social media after tweeting that a security aide of the VP broke her car's side mirror.
Alli released photographs with timestamps to show that the vice president's convoy was not the one involved in the incident.
Recall that the presidency had on the same day shared photos of Osinbajo briefing President Muhammadu Buhari.
The vice president was said to have visited his boss to brief him on the progress of the implementation of the Economic Sustainability Plan.
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