Osinbajo: A Man And His Life Of Loyalty By Foluso Sylvanus - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Osinbajo: A Man And His Life Of Loyalty By Foluso Sylvanus


Beyond Politics, Christianity and Academic, the essence of Yemi Osinbajo, the current Nigeria’s Vice President revolves around loyalty. A Professor of Law, Osinbajo’s commitment to his career as a University teacher speaks volume of his loyalty. As a Christian, his loyalty to God goes beyond the periphery of many men of God who use cassock and flowing robes to announce their sense of religiousity. That is why his ordination as a Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God didn’t come to many Nigerians as a surprise years back. And as a politician, there is no gainsaying the fact that loyalty remains his staying power since 1999, when he was drafted into Public Service.
 
Born in Nigeria's southern economic hub of Lagos, Osinbajo comes from a legal background. The vice-president is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria—an honorific title equivalent to the Queen's Counsel in the U.K.—and formerly oversaw the affairs of the Lagos State ministry of Justice as the state's Attorney General.
 
Whether as a lecturer, Pastor or Commissioner in Lagos State, one thing that one first notice about his work ethic, is that he is hardworking. He is often been tagged a ‘workaholic’ because he works from 7am to 2am and still wakes up by 6am on daily basis. Indeed, he is an early bird.
 
But if there is anything that has made the job easy for him, it is the fact that he is knowledgeable. Though trained as a Lawyer, the Vice President is one of the few Nigerians who know something about almost everything. And despite that, he is humble and never allows anything to go into his head. As a teacher, former students who had passed through Osinbajo are always quick to make reference to his ability to teach and dabble into various fields at ease for the purpose of deepening knowledge. It doesn’t take his acquaintance long before knowing that he is extremely intelligent. No wonder, many analysts have concluded that he makes A+ in all his dealings –as a student, as a lawyer, in government, as an Attorney and as the Vice President of the Federation. As part of his work ethics, he has never left undone anything he is supposed to do. In fact, he always go extra mile.
 
To call him loyalty personified will not be a mistake if one considers his relationship with his present and past bosses and even subordinates. He is Loyal to a fault. Under this administration, especially when his boss, President Muhammadu Buhari was away on medical treatment, Osinbajo displayed a high sense of loyalty. For months that he was running the affairs of the nation, the Vice President never overacted. He was true to type all-through, giving adequate respect and reverence to the office of the president.
 
One major attribute people hardly notice in him is his ability to organize people. But during the buildup to the 2019 election, Prof. Osinbajo released his managerial arsenal, which enabled him to coordinate grassroot campaigns that was felt in all the nooks and crannies of the country. Because he exudes genuine and innate love of people, the job was easy for Osinbajo and within a short period, he had warmed APC and its candidates to the hearts of Nigerians. One more thing, the fact that the Vice President is a man who is very comfortable with the poorest individual like he is with the high and mighty of the society is also uncommon among those in high offices.  In fact, everyone who have been in contact with him have expressed their love and delight for him.
 
As a relationship builder, Osinbajo is able to keep friends from far back in life –even friendship with classmates since his secondary school days. He knew the kind of life he wanted to live as a young man and this has always manifested anywhere he found himself before he became a family man. For instance, when he got into the University of Lagos, where he studied Law, Prof. Osinbajo set up a society called Joint Effort Advocating New Society (JEANS) and brought his friends to be members.
 
As a politician, who needs people to drive processes, the Law Lecturer can proud of many followers because he doesn’t look down on people and he always believes that everybody has one unique feature. One more thing; he doesn't believe in hearsay. Those who are close to him can attest to the fact that it would take beyond word of mouth to convince him against one he believes in. As a strong loyalist of President Buhari, many a time, political jobbers and speculative social media purveyors had gone to town with news about Buhari’s determination to edge him (Osinbajo) out. Even before the President issued statement to debunk the rumour, Osinbajo would have come out to distance himself from such mischievous claim.
 
A soft spoken individual, Prof Osinbajo doesn’t display anxiety. Even when he is under pressure, he simply smiles without giving himself away as someone in panicking.
 
As a squeaky clean man in both character and appearance, his being selected as running mate to President Buhari while preparing for 2015 election has been described at many fora as a matching peer.

In him, there is no pretence and no acting. What you see is what you get. Unlike many politicians, who see lies and deceit as tools for political maneuvering, Vice President Osinbajo has consistently declared that one has no reason to be a crook because he or she is a politician.
Besides, he has the rare capacity of distinguishing personal duties and interest. He also shares frugal lifestyle with Buhari as he is highly incorruptible and not given to material acquisition.
 
When the All Progressives Congress (APC) was formed in 2013 as a merger of three opposition parties, Osinbajo was one of the few people charged with sketching out the party's manifesto and political goals. In late 2014, Buhari announced that Osinbajo would be his running mate in the 2015 election, and the APC went on to claim a historic victory over the People's Democratic Party, with Buhari replacing Goodluck Jonathan in the country's first peaceful transfer of power since independence in 1960.

Outside office, Osinbajo is a family man -Nuclear and Extended family. He's one of the lucky few to have a family he can sacrifice for and likewise. Another beauty of this is that he is a dotting husband to his wife and dotting father to his children.
 
Finally, Prof. Osinbajo has the fear of God and he is a man of faith who believes God has a design for his Life and never struggles for anything or power as he believes that Power belongs to the Almighty.

Foluso Ojo Sylvanus 
Convener Osinbajo Grassroot Organization
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