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Corruption is cancer, we must call it out – Osinbajo

Highlighting why transformational leadership is critical to national life, the Vice President noted that it would spur positive changes across all sectors and spheres of society.

Nigeria’s vice president, Yemi Osinbajo has disclosed that the pursuit of the common good requires a collective condemnation and exposure of corruption and corrupt practices, which he termed cancer to the country.

Osinbajo also stated that only leaders inspired by a higher purpose other than their profit could bring about national transformation.

This was stated on Friday by Osinbajo at the 1st Annual General Assembly of Catholics in Politics and Catholic Business Leaders themed ‘The Advancement of the Common Good towards Justice, Unity, Structure and Development of Nigeria’ in Abuja.

Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, disclosed this in a statement he signed late Friday titled ‘Only leaders inspired by higher purpose, not personal profit, can bring about national transformation-Osinbajo.’

The Vice President who described corruption as a “cancer” noted that “the cancer in governments anywhere is corruption. When public officials, be they high or low in the executive, legislature or judiciary, are toll gates for the extortion of the populace while seeking government dispensations, the common good, happy and prosperous lives for the people is impossible.”

He added that the pursuit of the common good must “involve a relentless pursuit of integrity and transparency of public officers, we must think through the systems that will reduce human discretion in public-facing institutions. So we must, as a collective, condemn and call out corruption and corrupt practises.”

Osinbajo also encouraged Nigerians not to despair, despite some of the challenges, but to have hope and belief in the promise of a great nation while urging that Nigerians must be willing to pay the price to achieve national greatness by actively pursuing the common good of all, regardless of tribal and religious differences.

He also posited that transformational leadership, particularly in a multi-ethnic and multi-faceted country like Nigeria, is needed across all levels of government and spheres of society. Its primary focus is the pursuit of the common good to ensure fairness, justice, unity and development in a nation.
Highlighting why transformational leadership is critical to national life, the Vice President noted that it would spur positive changes across all sectors and spheres of society. He added that as a leadership model, transformational leadership operates by serving and uplifting others because it is servant leadership.

“The purpose of power is service, not domination; it is to uplift and empower others rather than to control or oppress. This is a model of leadership that is inseparable from our conception of the common good.

“Transformational leadership is, therefore, the pursuit of the common good. But the pursuit of the common good itself is not as easy as it sounds. This is especially so where the wounds and enmities of ethnic and religious conflicts are deep.

“The common type of leadership will seek the path of relevance and popularity within their own ethnic or religious camps by seeking only the good of their own. The servant-leader will serve his people by emphasising the letter and spirit of the gospel, that even our worst enemies were still made in the image of God. And the pursuit of the common good is the pursuit of the good of those who hate us and have hurt us even in the recent past,” he said.

Osinbajo affirmed that, contrary to opinion in some quarters, the country will not fall because it is being built and needs yet many more people to commit to building the sort of nation that Nigerians want.

“The throes and pangs of birth must not be interpreted as the pains of impending death. We are by the grace of God, more than able to overcome our present difficulties, and we will overcome them,” he added.

In attendance were the Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong; Deputy Governors of Osun State, Gboyega Alabi; Akwa Ibom State, Moses Ekpo; Edo State, Philip Shaibu; Prof. Nora Daduut; and Catholic Archbishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, who was represented by Raymond Aina.

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Don’t abuse or insult Tinubu, even if his supporters abuse my mother – Osinbajo warns supporters

Some supporters of Tinubu had accused Osinbajo of being an ingrate for not supporting  Tinubu’s presidential quest despite what Tinubu did for him politically.

AS jostling for the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential ticket gets tougher, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has warned his supporters against insulting or abusing APC National Leader and former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Osinbajo served as Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Lagos under Tinubu.

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2023: Osinbajo’s Campaign Billboard Surfaces In Abuja (Photo)

A large presidential campaign billboard bearing the name and picture of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has surfaced in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Osinbajo, a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, is serving his second and final term of four years as the Vice President alongside the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

Our correspondent observed that the campaign banner which was attached to a bridge in a strategic location at the Central Area in Abuja had a picture of Osinbajo.

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President Buhari Celebrates Christmas with Osinbajo, Family at Aso Rock Villa (Photos)

President Muhammadu Buhari reportedly received Vice President — Yemi Osinbajo on Christmas homage on Saturday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

It was gathered that the visit was paid as a way to celebrate Christmas with the President and his family.

Osinbajo who was in company of his wife, Dolapo, used the occasion of the visit to pray for President Buhari and Nigeria.

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Taaooma hits back as she’s called out for visiting Yemi Osinbajo with other Nigerian comedians

Taaooma, has reacted after she was criticized for paying a visit to the Nigerian Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.
A number of online comedians, including Josh2funny, paid a visit to Osinbajo and this angered Nigerians as they questioned why the comedians, who should speak truth to people in power, are dinning with politicians.

The fact that Mr Macaroni who has been critical of the present administration, was not at the meeting, convinced a number of people that he was not invited because he criticises the government.


Osinbajo Denies Ownership Of Ikoyi Collapse Building Land, Threatens Court Action

“The Vice President restates categorically that he has no interest whatsoever, and has never had any interest, either legally or beneficially, in the land, the building or development.

Osinbajo Denies Ownership Of Ikoyi Collapse Building Land, Threatens Court Action. The vice president, in a statement issued Friday by his spokesman, Laolu Akande, said he had no interest whatsoever in said property and that all his property and assets had already been publicly declared.
Osinbajo, who expressed sadness over what he called a “horrible tragedy” and condoled with the families and relatives of all those who died, injured or affected in the collapse, debunked what he equally referred to as “despicable lie in sponsored online report”.

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Yemi Osinbajo, Onaiyekan, others hail African Church reunification

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has hailed the African Church for resolving the crisis that polarised the church and for its 120th anniversary.

Osinbajo spoke at a unification service attended by leaders of the church, among whom were the Primate of African Church, Emmanuel Udofia, and the Lay President, Babatunde Odufuwa.

The service, which held at the African Church Cathedral Bethel in Lagos, attracted Christian leaders across denominations, among whom were the Catholic Archbishop (Emeritus) of Abuja, Nigeria, John Onaiyekan, who preached the sermon; the President, Christian Council of Nigeria, Most Rev Fubara Benebo; and Most Rev. Matthew Kukah delivered the anniversary lecture.

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I’ll run for president if God and Nigerians say I should – Pastor Tunde Bakare

I?ll run for president if God and Nigerians say I should - Pastor Tunde Bakare

Pastor Tunde Bakare, founder of Citadel Global Community Church (formerly known as Latter Rain Assembly), has hinted he could run for the 2023 presidential elections.

Bakare said this on Friday, October 15, after a private meeting with the President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

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Knee Surgery: Why Osinbajo, Fashola and I didn’t visit Tinubu in London – Aregbesola

The reason Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo; Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; Minister of Works, Babatunde Raji Fashola; and others serving under Buhari could not visit the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in London, where he went for medical treatment has been revealed.

Findings revealed that the presidential protocol barred any of the cabinet members to pay Tinubu a visit since President Buhari had gone to visit him. President Buhari visited Tinubu on August 12, 2021. It was gathered that Buhari’s earlier visitation, prevented Professor Osinbajo, Fashola and Aregbesola from going to London to visit the APC leader.

Speaking on the matter, Mr Sola Fasure, the Media Adviser to Aregbesola, said the minister was unable to visit Tinubu in London for protocol reasons. Fasure said: “If the President has gone, no Minister, not even the Vice President, can go. Aregbesola’s relationship with Tinubu is mutually beneficial and reinforcing.

“Tinubu and Aregbesola are in constant talk. The last time they talked, it lasted for more than one hour. There is no other reason for him (Aregbesola) not to visit Tinubu than just protocol. “Anybody or group of persons who wants to make case out of the visitation issue is either ignorant or mischievous. “Anyway, I can see ignorance and mischief from some of the posts I read online concerning the visitation.”