Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the opportunity to increase a new tribe of Nigerians to build a stronger society is now.
The Vice President stated this on Monday at Tinubu’s 69th birthday colloquium, held in Kano.
He said, “We believe that we now have an opportunity to increase the numbers of a new tribe of Nigerians; a tribe of men and women of all faiths, tribes and ethnicities committed to a country run on high values of integrity, hard work, justice, and love of country.
“A tribe of men and women who are prepared to make the sacrifices and self-constraints that are crucial to building a strong society; who are prepared to stick together, fight for equity, and justice side by side.
“A tribe consisting of professionals, businessmen, politicians, religious leaders, and all others who believe that this new Nigeria is possible and already we have built and are building the building blocks for this new Nigeria”.
According to Osinbajo, the 2020 edition was meant to be a showcase of innovative ideas in education but was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are here today to engage at another of those crucial points in our national journey.
“At a time when a combination of challenges worsened by the fallouts of a global pandemic has created a storm of socio-economic problems.
“The default mode of some at times like this is to stoke tendencies viewpoints and opinions that threaten the federation and our unity”, he added.
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STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE
OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT
NOW IS OPPORTUNITY TO INCREASE A NEW TRIBE OF NIGERIANS SAYS OSINBAJO AT TINUBU’S 69TH BIRTHDAY COLLOQUIUM
REMARKS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, PROF. YEMI OSINBAJO, SAN, GCON, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AT THE 12TH BOLA TINUBU COLLOQUIUM, KANO, ON THE 29TH OF MARCH, 2021
May I join Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State and others to welcome you to the 12th Bola Tinubu colloquium. The colloquium has itself become an institution, an institution in honour of an institution Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
It was Barrister Ismaeel Ahmed at the 9th colloquium in Abuja, who said so insightfully and I quote there is “perhaps no Nigerian leader who has been as instrumental in raising as many leaders as Asiwaju.”
This explains why gathered here today is a serving Vice President, several governors, former governors, commissioners, and former commissioners, ministers, former ministers, local government functionaries, social agitators, top career journalists who can trace their careers and political trajectories to Asiwaju’s leadership. What is responsible for this phenomenon is Asiwaju’s leadership style, and it is an unusual one especially in developing democracies.