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|To The Deaf, Osinbajo Is Silent by Venom236: 5:13am On Sep 01, 2019|
On 20th of August 2019, Itunu Ajayi from Maryland USA revealed his standpoint on The Guardian about Vice President Osinbajo’s presumed silence on the incessant killings and security instability in many parts of the country. For someone who is a 2014 Kurt Schork Fellow in International Journalism (yes, I looked him up), it was an uninformed, depressing take packed with personal bias and judgements that didn’t do justice to credit a man whose foundational role is to deputise, support and advise the president. This factless blasphemy by Itunu disguised in the suit of an opinion by one who prides to be a journalist is a valid reason why people’s faith in journalism is fast drifting.
Itunu’s evocative postulations give the impression of a hyper-deliberate attempt at slandering Yemi Osinbajo and undermining his achievements and contributions as arguably the most active, seen, heard and devoted Vice President Nigeria has ever encountered.
Itunu attempts to play a centrist. But too often, we confuse centrism with fairness, objectivity or common-sense truth. But centrism is none of those, it is a point of view, and it can be wrong, just as conservatism or liberalism can be; so opinions must be based on accurate information, sound logic, and expressed respectfully.
He wants us to believe, without any certitude, that Osinbajo is not deeply concerned about the current state of the country because of his own misinterpretation of events. He consciously forgets to mention evert instance the Vice President has spoken out on issues of insecurity in the country, every time he has condemned wrongdoing by enemies of our state, every time he has paid a solidarity visit to victims and reminded them that government cares, and would not forget them - passing the message of relieve and hope to the victims. He consciously denies the truth to his readers when he pretends not to know that President Buhari has the ears of his number two man, and they, whether we know it or not, meet time without number to discuss issues of national interests.
In his essay, the writer consciously strips the Vice President off his constitutional capacity through deliberate ignorance of the roles and responsibilities that flow therefrom, but thereafter goes ahead to hold him liable for those functions that are not even his.
He then attempts to severe his office from the Buhari government, as if they are not one, and that the two elected leaders should act in discord. The story forces its readers to digest misconstrued analysis as facts and struggles to beg for empathy by connecting it to the general displeasure of nationwide killings. What makes it absurd and ridiculous is that he thinks and believes that the President and his Vice are not troubled about the insecurity or working towards seeing the end of the menace. Nothing could be more far from the truth. There is no political leader who prays for disability knowing it would injure his name, or who is in a place of power would do nothing to end such. And this in fact is the least expected.
Since he assumed office in 2015 as President Muhammadu Buhari’s deputy, VP Osinbajo has played an increasingly prominent role in Nigeria's government and his accomplishments are incomparable to any other Vice President as they surpass by far.
Not too long ago, former President Obasanjo had disclosed that his deputy, Atiku Abubakar, complained about taking on too many responsibilities as the nation's number 2 citizen in their days of power. That is in contrast with the reality today; Vice President Osinbajo not only chairs the National Economic Council which works with several parastatals to identify problems, recommend and execute solutions regarding economic development, poverty alleviation and foreign exchange policies, he also oversees the National Social Investment Office which facilitates empowerment schemes aimed at students, traders, farmers, enterprises and bottom of the pyramid population.
The Social Investment Office boasts of the largest social investment ever attempted in Africa. And it is succeeding. It feeds almost 10 million pupils in public schools; it has provided entrepreneurship and skill based jobs to 500,000 previously unemployed graduates; it is giving cash to Nigeria’s poorest families in the hinterland communities to improve their welfare and livelihood. But Itunu is in haste to lash out on the Vice President and his office that he forgets these, as well as the administration’s ongoing plans on establishing a sustainable herding system across the country through the National Livestock Transformation Plan - which Vice President Osinbajo oversees - that would put a sustainable end to clashes between herders and farmers and the consequent killings.
He also misses out on the fact that the Buhari - Osinbajo administration is re-engineering the country’s national security architecture to help combat attacks led by Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), farmer-herder clashes and other unfortunate bandits.
His failure to mention the times the Vice President has visited families of victims, visited areas of attack to assess the impact and report to his principal is evident of Itunu’s deliberate mischief and shortfall of honest intentions.
Recall that on 26th of June 2019, Osinbajo interacted with The Council on Foreign Relations in the USA and extensively talked about the current state of ISWAP, challenges rocking the administration and ongoing efforts to completely deal with the insecurity. He has also led the consultations and meetings - especially in the south west - seeking an end and solutions to the kidnappings and killings. He is largely responsible for the peace we see in the South South today; the absence of a hitherto raging militancy is courtesy his back and forth in the region in 2016 where he met and dialogued with the leaders there and constantly assuring Nigerians of the Federal Government’s commitment to continue to give priority attention to the operational requirements and welfare of the Nigerian Armed Forces. He seats as the Deputy Chairman of the Security Council which means he has a voice at the highest points whenever issues of security are brought up. Are these items of silence, or is Itunu just simply deaf?
It is without doubts that he has brought value and and function to his office, as manager of the economy and other assignments given to him. The Vice President’s pace of action has been commended by many Nigerians and international bodies prompting suggestions that he should continue playing the major roles in the government.
According to the writer, Professor Osinbajo’s call for alliances across faiths and ethnicities to wreck national threats hindering the country’s unity and coexistence is enough concrete reason to accuse him of lackadaisical attitude and noiselessness. I am left to wonder if a birthday ceremony is the best place to give a detailed proposition on how the government plans to successfully tackle security challenges. It is no coincidence that even before now, the Vice President has always addressed cooked narratives by opposition that the presidency is protecting killer herdsmen and Boko Haram members as a desperate ploy to promote ethnic and religious suspicion. Without doubt, Itunu’s phoney claims are inaccurate, abandon objectivity and suspend sense of fairness, declaring judgement in his own court of reasoning. This haste to demonize the Buhari administration is agenda-driven, not Information-driven.
Richard Ogundiya is a journalist and researcher based in Lagos.
In Response to the Guardian article published here: https://m.guardian.ng/opinion/yemi-osinbajo-this-silence-is-deafening/
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|Re: To The Deaf, Osinbajo Is Silent by Simplyleo: 5:20am On Sep 01, 2019|
No, they are not actually deaf.
Rather, what they want is buhari and osinbajo to be in the boxing ring every time because their choice candidates lost out in 2015 & 2019
But for now, osinbajo is silent because he is not fighting buhari to step down for athifku. Or not fighting buhari to arrest and kill all the fulanis in Nigeria.
Forget the overblown religious and ethnicity ish. These have characterised Nigeria since the return of civil rule in 1999.
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|Re: To The Deaf, Osinbajo Is Silent by helinues: 5:28am On Sep 01, 2019|
They are shifting their analysis from Tinubu to star boy..
They have been writing epistles since 2015, so shall they continue to write after 2023
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|Re: To The Deaf, Osinbajo Is Silent by sonnie10: 5:37am On Sep 01, 2019|
Osibanjo as a Christian ran with Buhari a moslem to even out power in government within the two most popular regions in Nigeria. To put it straight, he represents Christians and southern Nigeria in Aso Rock. He wasn’t sent there to attend burials of those who elected him, but to protect their lives and property. He should be bold enough to stand against the rampant attacks in south. Why shouldn’t he call them out even if his his boss is on the sidelines.
Several times in the media, Ngozi Iwella had been accused of not doing enough to stop the past administration of corruption. They have consistently labeled her as an accomplice even when she was not even the number 2 in that government. In the same vain, the number 2 in this current administration ought to share the blame of the current insecurity problem in the country.
The only way to excuse himself is to resign and preserve his “good name”.
The Osibanjo that people voted for has not lived up to the expectations, he has been reduced to an errand boy.
Talking about Tradermoni, it would be very naive for one not to understand the objective; from it’s timing, to the intensivness of giving out of the money during the last election. How else are elections manipulated? How else would a supposed “Christian” and a government with loud mounted mantra of anti corruption buy votes? What other legacy would he point to when his 2023 ambition is hatched.
Atiku as VP stood his ground with Obj when things were no longer going as agreed. Now that is not insubordination rather it’s an act of courage in the face of intimidation. Osibanjo is an accomplished lawyer and should be fierce and bold but it’s not so.
The 10 million pupil feeding scam is a shame to say the least. That endeavor is more political than an honest gesture. A walk into any school where pupils are given those meals will make any parent weep. The quality of the food is far below standard. They are serve in the most unhygienic manner. There are video online to bare credence to this.
Let’s call a spade a spade.
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|Re: To The Deaf, Osinbajo Is Silent by CheapDataGuy: 5:40am On Sep 01, 2019|
I will coman comment by morning. Ma go sleep fes
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|Re: To The Deaf, Osinbajo Is Silent by domino4211(m): 5:42am On Sep 01, 2019|
Machiavellism.. "As long as you're benefitting,pretend"
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|Re: To The Deaf, Osinbajo Is Silent by Yankee101: 5:43am On Sep 01, 2019|
This blind person can't see people talking, cos he assumes we are deaf, not knowing he's also blinded by servitude and deafened by silence.
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|Re: To The Deaf, Osinbajo Is Silent by bamasite(m): 5:43am On Sep 01, 2019|
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|Re: To The Deaf, Osinbajo Is Silent by demolinka(m): 5:44am On Sep 01, 2019|
Osinbajo 2023 still on course sha
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|Re: To The Deaf, Osinbajo Is Silent by seanjy4konji: 5:45am On Sep 01, 2019|
we no even hear from am again.
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|Re: To The Deaf, Osinbajo Is Silent by RichDad1(m): 5:46am On Sep 01, 2019|
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|Re: To The Deaf, Osinbajo Is Silent by new2012: 5:48am On Sep 01, 2019|
Unfortunately, the writer of this piece is blind and equally deaf
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|Re: To The Deaf, Osinbajo Is Silent by salbis(m): 5:50am On Sep 01, 2019|
Naija land of wonders!
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|Re: To The Deaf, Osinbajo Is Silent by DMerciful(m): 5:51am On Sep 01, 2019|
Is Osunbade still in this administration? I thought he has been substituted with Abba Kyari!
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|Re: To The Deaf, Osinbajo Is Silent by eedimo(m): 5:51am On Sep 01, 2019|
If you think we are deaf at the that ponzi scheme(tradermoni) CEO's known silence at national issues, then you make yourself a noise maker. If he is not silent why does it hurt you?
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|Re: To The Deaf, Osinbajo Is Silent by Wickedfacts: 5:51am On Sep 01, 2019|
While I agree that these problems have been with us since return to democracy, I disagree that they're they're overblown.
The duty of any responsible leader is to provide solutions to problems, not buck-passing or giving excuses. Just look at the herdsmen issue for instance, not a single criminal Fulani herdsman has been convicted. Instead, they have blamed migration, desertification, previous governments, state governments, forest guards, PDP, farmers, etc but not for once clamped down on the murderers.
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|Re: To The Deaf, Osinbajo Is Silent by Mavrick2012: 5:52am On Sep 01, 2019|
Regardless of whatever, come 2023 the north will prove to the south west that they have not changed.
Like June 12 1993, when they refused to hand over power, they will still dribble the south west AGAIN.
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|Re: To The Deaf, Osinbajo Is Silent by Rootprof(m): 5:54am On Sep 01, 2019|
The kind of politics we practice in Nigeria does not give much power/room to vice president or deputy governor. Even if osibanjo his talking his voices as limits and may not be heard by many.
Happy new months may our voices be loud this month so that many people will hear us even if we whisper
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|Re: To The Deaf, Osinbajo Is Silent by Oszy: 5:54am On Sep 01, 2019|
Buhari's ineptitude has rubbed off on Osibanjo. Failure is contagious so is success.
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|Re: To The Deaf, Osinbajo Is Silent by Nobody: 5:56am On Sep 01, 2019|
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|Re: To The Deaf, Osinbajo Is Silent by ironheart(m): 5:57am On Sep 01, 2019|
Interesting read. Lot of people play politics with journalism. Nothing new. We are used to it
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|Re: To The Deaf, Osinbajo Is Silent by prigoz(m): 5:58am On Sep 01, 2019|
Buhari and Osibanjo are joke of the century, they have made Osibanjo to look like slowpoke before the world
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|Re: To The Deaf, Osinbajo Is Silent by Wickedfacts: 5:59am On Sep 01, 2019|
Initially, you said Buhari would sideline Tinubu in his second term, but since you saw the ministerial list, you saw you were wrong. Now that Buhari has shamed you lots, you now say the North would refuse to hand over.
You keep permutating foolishly like a drunk autistic gambler.
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|Re: To The Deaf, Osinbajo Is Silent by EmekaBlue(m): 5:59am On Sep 01, 2019|
He is a puppet na
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|Re: To The Deaf, Osinbajo Is Silent by Edu3Again: 6:00am On Sep 01, 2019|
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|Re: To The Deaf, Osinbajo Is Silent by EagleNest(m): 6:06am On Sep 01, 2019|
Even the real deaf and dump know that Nigeria is in limbo. It doesn't require satire to pass the message.
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|Re: To The Deaf, Osinbajo Is Silent by eben2marketer: 6:07am On Sep 01, 2019|
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|Re: To The Deaf, Osinbajo Is Silent by Dpharisee: 6:13am On Sep 01, 2019|
Osinbajo used to be a mere commissioner but even that role has been taken away from him and given to Abbah Kyari.
He is there carrying out the most legit Ponzi scheme in the world called Tradermoni.
I hope Buhari will not do what Sanwo-olu did to Joe Yorubakwe by putting him in charge of gutters in Nigeria
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