Like a beautiful bride, professor Osinbajo has become the storm of all eyes; not because of his simple look, but because he possesses leadership credentials which can stand the test of time anywhere in the world.
Besides the enviable moral pedigree which radiates around him, professor Osinbajo parades a long history of being nurtured in the progressive mould with a strong drive for transformational leadership. While he served as a Special Assistant to prince Bola Ajibola, a foremost International jurist at the International Court of Justice Hague and former Nigeria’s Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, he did not only serve as a dependable partner but was also part and parcel of stimulating a reform agenda in the nation’s judiciary. Believing in his time tested principles that, “the right virtues make nations great”. Osinbajo stated this in 2019 during a summit called “Great Minds Summit” organised by the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Port Harcourt, stated that, “Righteousness, integrity, forthrightness, service, diligence and being prepared to be the servant of all are the greatest principles a leader needs”, emphasizing that “righteousness means integrity, honesty and trustworthiness”.
Little wonder, Osinbajo demonstrated these virtues when he was passionate about the plight of the common people while been saddled with the implementation of the Social Investment Programme (SIP) which he impacted in the lives of the poor masses. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo oversees what is regarded as the largest social investments programme in sub-Saharan Africa. The National Social Investment Programmes (N-SIP) comprises of the N-Power Programme, currently employing 500,000 graduates; the GEEP loans (Market Moni, FarmerMoni andTrader Moni), providing credit to over 3 million Nigerian traders, artisans and businessmen; the Home Grown School Feeding Programme, feeding over 9.5 million children in public schools in 31 states nationwide; and the Conditional Cash Transfer programme, putting disposable funds in the hands of over 300,000 of the poorest families in Nigeria.
The Social Investment Programmes are the most successful social investment programmes ever implemented in Nigeria. Designed, promoted and managed by Vice President Osinbajo, they have lifted millions of Nigerians out of poverty. Indeed, the N-SIPs are giving hope to millions of Nigerians nationwide and helping them to improve their lives.
When he served as Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Lagos under Bola Ahmed Tinubu as governor from 1999 through 2007, professor Yemi Osinbajo initiated fundamental reforms in the administration of justice to the admiration of all. He served with humility, selfless and sense of honesty with a strong conviction of building institutions rather than the sprouting of strong men. In the past seven years of working with President Muhammed Buhari as his vice, he has been part of the success stories recorded so far.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is the head of Nigeria’s Economic Management Team. His leadership was able to bring the country out of its worst recession to hit it in decades. Since the country’s exit from the recession, he has overseen the economy grow from negative, and headed to a double digit, even beyond the predictions of the IMF and the World Bank. The journey with his captainship has been a steady and sure rise: diversification has been successfully pursued, with increased inputs now being seen from the non-oil sectors in our GDP and revenue; the country’s foreign reserves have doubled in just four years; the minimum wage increase is set for implementation despite Nigeria’s low earnings from oil; these and more show a focused, dogged, resilient and witty economic management team – led by Professor Osinbajo.
Seen as youthful, agile, contemporary and versatile, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo stands out as the significant link between Nigeria’s young population to the President Buhari administration. And he doesn’t stop at that. He is a mentor to hundreds of young Nigerians. His aides are comprised mostly of a tech-savvy generation of young upwardly mobile youths. Osinbajo gladly welcomes opportunities to mentor young people to become excellent in their respective fields and contribute their quota to nation-building. He walks the talks and is a bridge-builder, for both the young and old generations. A true Omoluabi.