2019 And Osinbajo’s Rumoured Ambition
Nigeria News take a look at the vice president Yemi Osinbajo’s rumoured ambition as a new group debuts to campaign for him.
There are many Nigerians with envious resumes that cannot easily become president of this country. They have prepared themselves so well to occupy any challenging position but the political structure and diverse interests will not allow them to lead in such capacity.
A very good example was the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo who had already created a blueprint to reorder Nigeria’s economy as a presidential candidate. He never won to become Nigeria’ number one figure.
Awolowo showed the stuff he was made of as the Finance Commissioner in the regime of Yakubu Gowon. He was the vice chairman of Gowon’s cabinet who despite the civil war of 1967 to 1970, managed the country’s economy.
Awolowo’s antecedent as a shrewd economist never helped in his struggle to becoming Nigeria’s president, rather it was used to campaign against him. He died in 1987 after he failed in 1979 and 1983 to clinch the most exalted power in the land.
Another example is the present Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria. Osinbajo is a lawyer of repute with unparalleled records of achievements as the former Attorney General and Lagos State Commissioner for Justice.
His recent performance in the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari showed that Osinbajo had got the quality and focus to lead the country out of its present lethargies.
It is obvious that Osinbajo has clues to unknot the entanglement bedeviling Nigeria for so long a time but he dares not signify intention to contest for presidential position.
One, his loyalty to Buhari will be queried; two, the political structure, which is built around ethnicity and religion will stand against him.
Easily, questions of whose ethnic group can produce the next president will arise in a country that has continued to pretend as united. This is one of the reasons Nigeria is bereft of quality leadership.
This has extended to almost all sectors of the country’s socio-economy. The government emphasizes so much on quota system, which of course has relegated merit and promoted mediocrity.
Two Saturdays ago, Nigeria senior national football team, the Super Eagles walloped their Cameroonian counterparts 4-0 in world cup qualifier.
A critical look at the team showed that almost all the players were from Igbo extraction of Southeast. The German Coach Gernot Rohr had selected his players based on merit, which eventually got him the results unlike some indigenous coaches that would mixed all ethnic members to form a team just to agree with quota system.
As a matter of fact the four goals came from three Igbo and one Edo Nigerian players of Super Eagles. The victory taught us that Nigeria could be great again if only the culture of ethnicity and religious bigotry could be expunged.
On Friday a faceless group came on social media to promote vice president Osinbajo with a campaign that he is the fittest person to lead the country in 2019.
The group called itself “Osinbajo Volunteers” and it wanted likeminded Nigerians to join it in the campaign to make Osinbajo run for presidency against Buhari in 2019.
However, the group stated that the vice president knew nothing about its plans and that its members had never met with Osinbajo, it observed that the vice president had all what it takes to be Nigerian president.
While it is not a crime for Osinbajo to show interest in presidency, there are many forces that will work against him. Though the media office of the vice president had denied having any association with “Volunteer Group”, millions of Nigerians are of the views that there can never be smoke without fire.
There are some political gladiators behind “Volunteer Group”, who are bankrolling the activities.
The intrigue is just being unfolded.