- Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has been described as a leading light for other vice presidents in the African continent
- This was the position of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry after a policy dialogue in Lagos
- A top official of the LCCI noted that the vice president has always been a man with an untainted integrity
Lagos - Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN has been described as the pride of the nation, who has become a leading light for his contemporaries across Africa and beyond.
This was the view of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry delivered by its deputy president, Dr. Michael Olawale Cole, while delivering a vote of thanks for the participation of the vice president at the 2021 LCCI Presidential Policy Dialogue held on Friday, November 26 in Lagos.
The vice president who was featured at the event had spoken about Nigeria’s economic trajectory, detailing the efforts by the federal government to sustain the positive momentum with two consecutive quarters of growth despite challenges.
The presentation by Professor Osinbajo had elicited a standing ovation from guests at the event in acknowledgment of the efforts of the government and the VP’s detailed presentation.
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The presentation was followed by a dialogue session with business leaders and investors at the event.
Acknowledging the VP’s clarity of thoughts and ideas in the management of the economy, Dr Cole said:
“You are a worthy vice president of our country and a fantastic leader of this nation and we are very glad to have you in our midst today.
“We are glad that you have shown yourself to be a leading light for other vice presidents in Africa. Your expertise, foresight, and prudence have been very evident in the results of the good works that are spread across this nation. You are a pride of this nation, pride of Africa.”
Commending the VP’s leadership of the Economic Sustainability Programmes and other interventions that mitigated the impact of COVID-19 on the economy, Dr Cole said:
“We are indebted to God for your dynamic strategy and dexterity in effectively managing the hydra-headed COVID-19 pandemic and the post-COVID Nigerian economy.
“Having known you for over 35 years as I said earlier, you are doing exemplary work, your integrity remains untainted, and your impact and service to humanity transcends Nigeria to the continent of Africa and beyond.”
Dr Cole then recalled a comment made about the VP’s leadership qualities in 2018, saying:
“When we had a programme like this, the fellow that came from the US who later became our president was so impressed by the quality of the delivery by this our fine vice president.
“He said that is a vice president that any country should look for, and also a president that any country should look for.”
2023: Group Vows to Mobilise 20 Million Votes for Osinbajo
In a related development, a northern youth group, Osinbajo Awareness Campaign (OAC), has launched a campaign to galvanise support for the vice president ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
The group recently unveiled a platform to mobilise 20 million youths across the 19 northern states and Federal Capital Territory in solidarity with Osinbajo.
Speaking at the launch of its Kano secretariat and campaign vehicles, the national coordinator of the group, Mubarak Haruna declared that Nigeria needs a highly patriotic and genuinely detribalised leader like Osinbajo who can drive the country to greater heights.
Group Says Osinbajo is Best Qualified to Consolidate the Legacies of Buhari
Similarly, the Progressive Consolidation Group (PCG) has insisted that Osinbajo is the best-qualified person to succeed President Buhari in 2023.
The group made this known via its convener, Aliyu Kurfi, in a letter to the National Caretaker Committee Chairman of the APC and Yobe state governor, Mai Mala Buni.
The letter was in response to the APC's recognition of the PCG as a support group within the party.