- Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN has been commended for his outstanding leadership qualities
- The commendation was from the Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai who described the vice president as an excellent leader
- El-Rufai noted that due to Osinbajo's leadership qualities, opposition governors have hailed him severally for his approach to governance
During an interview on Thursday, September 23 with the anchors of Channels TV, the Kaduna state governor described the vice president in glowing terms.
The TV station was interviewing the governor as part of their special coverage of the 6th edition of the Kaduna Investment and Economic Summit.
When asked about the collaboration between the federal government and states, especially how issues are resolved at the National Economic Council, El-Rufai said:
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“We have the federal (government) and states and there would be need of coordination of policies and maintaining consistency in policies.
“And we discuss many of those and we resolve them because the vice president has provided excellent leadership that even opposition party governors commend him for that.”
The governor also went on to give credit to the “founding fathers” for creating the National Economic Council, “with the vice president as chairman and all the governors and CBN governor as members.”
Speaking at the commissioning of Kasuwan Magani and the 100-kilowatt solar PV Mini-Grid in Kajuru, Mallam El-Rufai furthered praised Professor Osinbajo and thanked him for “taking time to come here to commission this project.”
According to him:
“This community is probably seeing a helicopter for the first time. This community is seeing the vice president for the first time and we are seeing their excitement.”
The governor told the VP that:
“They waited 8 months after the completion of this project because we wanted you to commission this market.”
Listing the reasons for the choice of the VP as the one who would do the commissioning, Governor El-Rufai mentioned that:
“The first is that you are a man of deep social conscience. You care deeply about poor people and you care about giving them the opportunity to prosper economically. This is one of the reasons why we felt that you are the one that should commission this market.
“The second reason Sir, Mr. Vice President, is that you are a bridge-builder. You are a pastor who is friends to Imams and Emirs. You are a Professor who can speak the language of ordinary people. You are the lawyer who pursues justice not technicalities.
“You care for people; you care for Nigerians and you care for unity in diversity. You care about differences in religion and ethnicity and you always promote peaceful coexistence.”
The governor went on to add that:
“This community, Your Excellency needs an apostle like you to bridge unity and peaceful coexistence.
“No one Your Excellency is more qualified to commission this market in this community at this time than Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.”
Osinbajo Lauded by State Attorneys-General Implementing Justice Sector Reforms
Recall that six Attorneys-General from the southwest states visited Osinbajo on Tuesday, September 21 at the Presidential Villa, briefing him on the progress of justice reforms in their various states.
According to them, they were inspired by the successes recorded during the vice president's stint as Lagos state Attorney-General.
The vice president who expressed delight at the visit commended the Attorneys-General for the “great work” that has been done in the states, observing the wide range of areas being covered by the justice sector reforms.
Osinbajo calls for national unity, healing
Meanwhile, VP Osinbajo has submitted that despite the nation’s current challenges, Nigerians must avoid drifting towards voices that appeal to darker impulses.
He said citizens must instead counter fear, despair, and division with inspiring faith, creative optimism, and solidarity.
The VP specifically called on the elites to act in solidarity and build a consensus to settle contending issues in the nation and enlarge the circle of opportunity, especially for young people.