A group, Initiative to Save Democracy (ISD) has alerted the public on planned attempts by some elements to rehash old, baseless and unsubstantiated allegations against Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Naija News understands that the group said one of such pattern was the allegations by Mr Junaid Mohammed in a recent interview with an online newspaper over the weekend.
The Publicity Secretary of the group, Peter Oladele made the revelation in a statement obtained by this online news platform on Tuesday, October 22.
“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 ask 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 good man,” the group’s statement reads in part.
The group in its statement also noted that even the ordinary man on the street will laugh at the ridiculous allegations of tribalism, noting that Prof Osinbajo is one of the few politicians in Nigeria that flows freely with everybody across the country, irrespective of the religious, and tribalistic differences.
“The Vice President flows freely with market women and artisans across the country. He attends Muslim events and has never been drawn along this nonsensical allegation. He is an upright man and a leading light in this administration,” the group statement said.
“They should allow the Vice President to focus on the task at hand which is supporting the President in governance and delivering the dividends of democracy to Nigerians who voted himself and President Muhammadu Buhari into office for a second term.”
However, the group enjoined all Nigerians not to pay attention to elements who seek to divide the country along religious and ethnic lines, stressing that, they are up to no good.