The Initiative to Save Democracy, ISD, has accused some individuals of planning to raise baseless allegations against the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.
The group claimed that part of the allegation is the statement by Second Republic lawmaker, Junaid Mohammed that Osinbajo was tribalistic.
The political group described Mohammed’s statement as baseless, untrue and laughable, ISD noted that it was just another attempt to disparage a good, upright and honest man who was committed to the true progress of the country.
ISD in a statement through its spokesperson, Peter Oladele, stated that based on evidence, the Vice President is one of the most loved and balanced public office holders who has offered equal opportunities to everyone around him.
The group pointed to the statement by Senator Ali Ndume claiming that the “Vice President was passionate about the humanitarian crisis in Borno.”
The statement reads: “The highest-ranking officer in the Office of the Vice President is the deputy Chief of Staff who happens to be Ade Abdulrahman Ipaye, a Muslim. His Senior Special Assistant on Legal Matters is Dr. Bilkisu Saidu while the SSA/Director of Protocol) is Ambassador Abdullahi Gwary from Yobe state.”
“Prof Osinbajo only recently organised the construction of a world-class school in Borno state (Maiduguri International School) through the North-East Children’s Trust Learning Centre, Maiduguri and this is before the former governor of the state, Kashim Shettima named a world-class school (The Yemi Osinbajo Primary School) after him because of his contribution to the state.”
“Then there is little Aisha Ibrahim, a Boko Haram victim whom the Vice President met during a surprise visit to Maiduguri. According to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ibrahim Goni Lawani, Prof. Osinbajo personally covered the costs of the operation including flying in a US- based Skin Surgeon, Prof Ferdinand Ofodile to conduct a corrective surgery.”
“The question that people should Junaid Mohammed is simple, is Prof. Osinbajo from Borno state? Or are all the people from that state from his church? It is ludicrous that people are trying to tarnish the name of a good man.”
ISD insisted that an ordinary Nigerian will laugh at the ridiculous allegations of tribalism because the Vice President is known for relating with every culture.
The group further noted that Osinbajo relates with the market women and artisans across the country, he attends Muslims events and doesn’t act in relation to the allegation.
The group charge Nigerians to stand against any allegation that would divide the country.