Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has declared his intention to contest in the 2023 presidential election, vowing to continue where President Muhammadu Buhari stops in “radically transforming our security and intelligence architecture”.
Mr Osinbajo made his declaration in a video posted on his Twitter handle on Monday.
The vice president’s declaration speech reads, “In the past seven years, I have served as Vice President under a true Nigerian patriot, a servant of the nation in war and peace, and a man of integrity, President Muhammadu Buhari.
”We have, together, worked through some of the most difficult times in the history of our Nation, but we have remained focused on securing the country, providing infrastructure and growing our economy”.
In seven years, Mr Osinbajo said he served the government in several capacities and have at the direction of the president, represented Nigeria in sensitive high level international engagements.
He said: “I have been to practically all local governments in Nigeria. I have been in markets, factories, schools, and farms. I have been in agricultural, mining and oil producing communities; in the Delta, in Kebbi, Enugu, Borno; Rivers, Plateau and Ondo; and in all other states of the federation, listening to the diverse experiences and yearnings of our people.
“I have visited our gallant troops in the North East and our brothers and sisters in the IDP camps. I have felt the pain and anguish of victims in violent conflicts, terrorist attacks, flooding, fire and other disasters.
“I have been in the homes of many ordinary Nigerians in various parts of the country. I have sat with our techprenuers in Lagos, Edo, and Kaduna, with our Nollywood and Kannywood actors; with our musicians, from Lagos, Onitsha, and Kano. And I have spoken to small and large businesses.
“I stood where they stood and sat where they sat. I know their hopes, aspirations and fears; and I believe that in those hopes and aspirations are the seeds for the great Nigeria that we all desire.
“I believe that the very reason why the Almighty God gave me these experiences, these insights, and these opportunities, is that they must be put to the use of our country and it’s great peoples.
“Which is why I am today, with utmost humility, formally declaring my intention to run for the Office of the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, on the platform of our great party, the All Progressives Congress.
“If by the grace of God and the will of the people, I am given the opportunity, then I believe that first, we must complete what we have started; radically transforming our security and intelligence architecture, completing the reform of our justice system focusing on adequate remuneration and welfare of judicial personnel,” he said.
He solemnly and respectfully sought the support of fellow Nigerians everywhere, young and old, male and female, in the great and exciting journey ahead of him.
“We will work together by the grace of God. The Nigeria of our dreams in a few short years. We will build on the foundation laid by our predecessors. We will need to move, with much speed, intentionality, and perseverance, towards the vision of a prosperous, stable, and secure nation.
“I am convinced beyond doubt that we have the creativity, the courage, the talent, and the resources to be the foremost black nation on earth. Let us now birth the expectations of greatness conceived generations before us.
“Let us build a Nigeria where the man from Nnewi sees the man in Gusau as his brother, where the woman in Warri sees the woman in Jalingo as her sister, where the love of our nation burns alike in the hearts of boys and girls from Gboko to Yenagoa.
“Where everywhere, in this land, is home for everyone, where our diversities, tribes and faiths unite, rather than divide us.
“Let our tribes become one tribe; the Nigerian tribe, where all are treated fairly, justly and with respect–where all are given equal access to the abundant opportunities that God has bestowed on this nation. It’s time.
“God bless and keep our Republic and its great people.”
Deborah: Yoruba group condemns killing, tasks FG, Sokoto govt on justice
Prominent Yoruba Diaspora Organisation, Yoruba One Voice (YOV), has condemned the brutal killing of Miss Samuel Deborah, urging the both the Federal and Sokoto State governments to ensure, as a matter of urgency, that those involved in the murder be made to face the wrath of the law.
This was just as the body sadly noted that the criminal conspiracy and inciting public disturbance, as pictured by the Sokoto State government against hardened murderers was an insult to the sensibilities of the parents of the deceased, the people of Nigeria and God who created Deborah.
Deborah, a 200-Level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto State, was murdered and her body burnt last week by irate youths for alleged blasphemy.
However, a violent street protest followed the arrest of suspects linked to the lynching of Deborah as the protesters demanded their immediate release by security operatives.
The incident also led to the crisis that brought the state to a standstill.
YOV Director of Information, Tope Oladimeji, on Wednesday in a statement to the diaspora organization, described the murder of Deborah as too callous, saying that her blood sought justice against all those involved in the killing.
“As a coalition of various Yoruba groups in the diaspora, we are saddened and alarmed by the cruel manner by which the young girl was murdered in her prime. It was one death too callous. The late Samuel Deborah’s blood seeks justice against all those that were involved in the killing”,
“Nigeria is a secular country, where citizens are allowed by the law or constitution to practise whatever religion they believe in without fracas or discord. Nigerians, mostly from the North should respect other people’s religious doctrines.
“A situation where over 20 lawyers came to the court to intimidate the judge is not only awkward, it is a bad signal that could affect the secularity of the nation,” he said.
“Every religion has lawyers and other professionals as members, so it will be suicidal for Nigeria to encourage religious disharmony among its citizens.
“The ugly circumstances leading to the death of that promising, young girl was too cruel in this time and age,” he added.
Oladimeji, however, blasted those he described as religious bigots, who, he said were bent on using religions as tools to cause untold crises across the country, even as he pointedly declared that all those behind these religious crises in Sokoto and other parts of the country should be ashamed of themselves.
“If the truth is told, all those behind these religious crises in Sokoto and other parts of the country should be ashamed of themselves.
“They should be told that their actions are ungodly and that God will not forgive them of their sins
against humanity,” Oladimeji said.
YOV chieftain argued that every religion all over the world abhors the spilling of innocent blood completely, saying that Islam is no exception, adding: “Islam does not allow anyone or group of people to kill anybody through jungle justice.”
According to him, “Islam is one religion that preaches peace and unity across the world. Therefore, it is very unfortunate that some uninformed religious bigots and extremists are doing everything to wreak havoc on the country.”
Speaking further, the Yoruba group said there were reports of some non-Nigerians that were present in the South-West from neighbouring countries, adding that the region was their target and their plan was to cause religious and ethnic crises across the region.
“All those planning to cause trouble by invading the southwest region should stay away from their evil plans. South-West remains the most peaceful region at the moment and we will do everything to ensure the region is peaceful for all residents,” the group vowed.
While sending its condolences to the parents of the deceased, YOV also maintained that no amount of words could heal the wound of the tragic loss, maintaining that the Federal Government, as well as the Sokoto State government, should, as a matter of urgency, ensure that those arrested in relation to the murder of the girl, including the burning of churches and destruction of many properties face the wrath of the law.
This was just as it frowned on the criminal charge of conspiracy and inciting public disturbance levelled against those it described as hardened murderers by the Sokoto State government, describing it as an insult to the sensibilities of the parents of the deceased, the people of Nigeria and God who created Deborah.
“The criminal charge of conspiracy and inciting public disturbance, as pictured by the Sokoto State government against hardened murderers is an insult to the sensibilities of the parents of the deceased, the people of Nigeria and God who created Deborah.
“The incident leading to Deborah’s cruel murder took place in an enlightened environment in a higher institution, under the watch of security men, who, according to reports, were said to have been overpowered”,
“From all indications, those involved in the murder could be identified.
They belong to a class in the school so they are known individuals. So, telling the world that the suspected killers are nowhere to be found in the highest level of deceit. Therefore, Governor Aminu Tambuwal under whose watch a citizen was murdered could not enforce the laws of the land but rather allegedly aided and abetted its cover-up, I think it is Governor Tambuwal who is actually on trial in this case,” he said.
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Umahi disclosed this in a statement signed by his special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Francis Nwaze on Wednesday.
He, however, described the killings of the victims and setting their homes ablaze as an act of inhumanity, vicious and barbaric.
He then called on security agencies to expedite action and unravel the perpetrators of the dastardly act to enable them to face justice even as he commiserates with the Chairman of the Council Area, Hon. Steve Orogwu and all those who lost their loved ones in the senseless attack.
“We received the disturbing news of the attack in the home of the Chairman of Ikwo Local Government Area by gunmen, the attack is unwholesome and inhumane, it is vicious and barbaric.”
“I call on the security agencies to speedily hunt for and arrest the perpetrators to bring them to justice.”
He also appealed to them to be consoled and remain calm as Government works hard to track the culprits.
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