Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has shed light concerning his emergence as the number two man in the country.
According to John Parden in President Muhammadu Buhari’ autobiography, the President chose Osinbajo despite pressures from the National leader of the party, Bola Tinubu.
The revelations from Parden has continued to generate controversy as Tinubu’s camp has refuted the authors claims on the grounds that Tinubu personally nominated Osinbajo for President Buhari.
Speaking at the presidential dinner organised in the honor of over 200 graduates and beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty Programmes at the Old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, AbujaWednesday night, Osinbajo said he was recommend for the job.
Osinbajo said: I was in a group of young men and women and one of them asked the question how did I become Vice President, I was never a politician or anything like that. So I tried to explain it is quite simple that someone somewhere has to recommend you.
“Somebody somewhere has to give you a helping hand, whether to be a Vice President or to be an aircraft pilot or to be an engineer, somebody somewhere has to give you an opportunity and I think that all of you that are here today are the beneficiaries of the opportunities that you have somehow received.
“And this is why this event is so important. I think that it is one way we have to remind ourselves that we are bound as individuals to give opportunities to everyone.
Speaking to the ex- militants who trained as pilots, automobile and electric transformer technicians amongst other skills both in Nigeria and in foreign universities, the vice president urged them to keep away from blowing up the oil pipelines, stressing that it had large negative effect on them, their region, the country and even the generations yet unborn.
He said: “The fact that you did so well was a tremendous opportunity for other people.
“We all have the responsibility to ensure that the future of the country is one that is secure. That cannot happen under the atmosphere of conflict.
“There is no point blowing up pipelines. If they are blown, who are the losers at the end of the day, all of us. Even the upcoming ones.
“This is more of a programmes for giving the young people an opportunity to succeed. That’s the reason why we are doing the various vocational trainings all over the country.
“The future is here and your time has come. Just looking at you guys, I just know that the future is bright. I see you becoming the great people that God has made.
In his remarks, the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs and Coordinator Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig-Gen. Paul Boroh (rtd) said the administration of President Buhari was committed to securing the Niger Delta region and to giving the youths in the area an opportunity to excel.
“The President is fully committed to the development of Amnesty Programme in the Niger-Delta region.The programme has provided a platform for engagements.
“Nigeria is celebrated and rated as one of the big countries today because of the achievements of the illustrious graduates, he added.
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