EDITOR’S DESK: 2019 Clarion Call!!! Dear Vice President Of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, By Salisu Abdulai

By Post-Nigeria: May 28, 2018 19:15

EDITOR’S DESK: 2019 Clarion Call!!! Dear Vice President Of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, By Salisu Abdulai

Dear Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, I hope this meets you well.

On behalf of a segment of the youths of Nigeria, I humbly write this piece as a wake up call for you, or may be a clarion call, as the much anticipated 2019 general elections approach.

Prior to the 2015 general elections, most Nigerians, apart from Lagosians, or members of the Redeem Christian Church of God, RCCG, or members of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, were introduced to a very sound, vibrant, well composed Lawyer, who is also a Pastor, a Professor of Law, and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN.

This sound man is no other person than the Vice President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo.

In Nigeria, not much is expected from the Vice President, and most times we do not even remember who the Vice President is, because of the usual back seat they are mostly made to occupy in Aso Rock, except for a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, who dared to stand out, and put the interest of the nation first, most times, even if it meant going against his boss at the time, former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Now to the matter at hand!

Professor Yemi Osinbajo, you started very well in office, being a very loyal supporter of your boss, President Muhammadu Buhari, as it is expected of any Vice President or Deputy; and also being very loyal to your ‘godfather’, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who allegedly put you forward as President Buhari’s running mate, in the 2015 elections that brought you to power.

Along the way, your boss (President Buhari) fell ill, and had to be away from the country for months. This was an opportunity of a lifetime for you, and to the shock of many, you took the opportunity and ran away with it, leading the country as Acting President.

Do I need to remind anyone of how the economy was crumbling before our eyes, with the dollar and pound going as high as 500 naira to 1 dollar, and 600 naira to 1 pound, respectively. Also, there was so much chaos in the Niger Delta region, and Nigerians were crying on the streets, as a result of the unbearable hardship.

Yemi Osinbajo, you did not relent, you hit the streets of Nigeria, chatting with the average Nigerians and the common man, giving them hope; you visited the Niger Delta region, seeking for peace from the relevant Stakeholders; you met with the Economic Team of the nation, did your wonders, by putting in your best at the time.

Suddenly, we started seeing fantastic results, Nigerians were finally getting some fresh air of hope, the dollar and pound gradually began to drop in exchange to the naira; there was hope with Professor Yemi Osinbajo in Aso Rock, steering the nation on the right path; we saw a President in you, not a Vice President anymore.

I even put up a poll on my news website at the time, asking who Nigerians wanted as their 2019 President, and not surprising to me, maybe to others, Yemi Osinbajo was number one with 30,000 plus votes, out of a total of almost 87,000 votes, beating even his boss (President Buhari).

However, this rosy experience at the top did not last long, as the Vice President began to disappoint Nigerians, because of his too much loyalty to his boss, most especially when he said during an interview that his boss treats him as his ‘son’.

This statement did not sit well with Nigerians, especially those of us who had begun to see Yemi Osinbajo as a great Leader and potential President of Nigeria. Well, I guess Yemi Osinbajo did not see himself the way we saw him. I guess he was just very content and blessed with the grace God had showered on him, making him the Vice President of Nigeria, when he must have thought he did not deserve such a huge position as the number two man in the country.

Well, let me tell you Yemi Osinbajo; yes indeed God must have blessed you by making you the Vice President, but you must know that you have all it takes to be the President of this great nation. You have the intelligence, the poise, the charisma, the look, the carriage; in fact you are very current, you know what is going on around you, with the Nigerian youths and all. I watched you the last time on ‘The Platform’, I heard you mention young Nigerian Designers like Mai Atafo, Orange Culture, and other Nigerians who are making it despite the unfriendly economic situation we have found ourselves in. You know what is going on in the streets. You deserve to be the nation’s Leader!

With you as President, Nigerians will be confident that things will change for good, we will be confident you will know what is going on around, and what to do to improve the lives of Nigerians; we will be confident to let you go outside the country to represent us, knowing fully well that you will speak very highly, confidently, and intelligently about your country and its people, even without a written speech.

This is the Yemi Osinbajo I got to know for the very short while he became Acting President of Nigeria.

Yemi Osinbajo, you must now put Nigeria first! It is OK to be loyal and be a servant to your boss, but your priority should be Nigeria, the well-being of this nation that is slowly crumbling, with everything bad going on currently.

It is time to take action, it is time to declare for the 2019 Presidency, damning every consequence, damning the so called godfathers, party affiliations and all.

Nigeria should be the first thing on your mind. Do it with boldness, like the Leader you were born to be, like the Leader we once saw. Be like Atiku Abubakar; be daring and watch Nigerian youths back you in a way you may have never imagined.

It is time to declare for the 2019 Presidency!!!


Salisu Abdulai is the Editor-in-Chief, Post-Nigeria, and can be reached on [email protected] or [email protected]