2023 Presidency: My experience under Buhari has prepared me for future challenges — Osinbajo - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Friday, April 22, 2022

2023 Presidency: My experience under Buhari has prepared me for future challenges — Osinbajo

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Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo,  on Friday said, his experiences in the last seven years, under President Muhammadu Buhari had prepared him to face any challenge of leadership and nation-building.

Professor Osinbajo, who is one of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Presidential aspirants, stated this while addressing Oyo State party delegates and members at Civic Center in Ibadan, the state capital.

He said he had garnered enough experience under Buhari to succeed him, saying he will hit the ground running on his first day in office because he knows what it takes.

According to Osinbajo: “I have served in the Federal Government of Nigeria for the past seven years. And in those seven years, I have been involved because the president considered it the right thing to do. In his own generosity and his openness, he gave me every opportunity to serve, including very sensitive international assignments.

“As you know, I also acted as president during certain periods when the president was away on medical vacation. Everything that I learned as vice president, and everything that I have learnt as acting president, has prepared me to run as president of our country and to function as president of our country.

“God does not make a mistake. God is deliberate in everything  He does. And by giving all those opportunities, every one of the opportunities that I have, to see for myself, to understand governance for myself at the highest level of our country’s governance, to be exposed to everything – local and international, at the highest levels of governance in our country.

“All of it was not just that I would sit down and write my memoirs. No. It’s to come in handy one day. I believe that time has come and, I have a responsibility to my country. I have the responsibility to you, to all our children, and the coming generations; to give all of what I have learnt, everything I have learnt, all of the service I have given, to be able to give it to our country and to serve our country faithfully, honestly and transparently. That is my intention,” he stressed.

He, thanked the party faithful for standing firm and strong in supporting President Buhari and his government.

The vice president had earlier visited the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun at his Alarere residence to seek his support and blessings.

He said: “Nigeria needs all who are willing to serve to attain her potential. I have come to Ibadan to confer with the party delegates on my intention to run for the Presidency which I formally declared for on the 11th of April this year.

“Kabiyesi, I know that you are no more a politician though it is said that we are all political animals, your position as the father of all precludes Your Imperial Majesty from being active. So, I covet your prayers and want to assure Your Majesty that wherever I may be, your highly respected position is guaranteed.”

He described the coming to the throne of Balogun, who he described as ‘Kabiyesi of the people, Kabiyesi of the common man’ in view of his background as an activist as a great blessing to Ibadan. “I’m happy for the people of Ibadan, Kabiyesi is a great gift to Ibadan and the nation in general,” he added.

Responding, Oba Balogun, prayed for the vice-president in his desire to succeed his boss, President Buhari comes 2023 when the current tenure expires.

Oba Balogun offered his prayer for him during his courtesy call on the monarch in continuation of his visitation to states ahead of the primary election of his party next month.

“We are proud of you and share your aspiration. I don’t want to be tempted to talk politics and I can spend hours praying for you, but just let me hand you over to the Almighty Allah to take total control and be with you and your entourage.” Oba Balogun prayed.

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