Buhari, Tinubu, Gbajabiamila greet Osinbajo at 66

Buhari and Osinbajo


President Muhammadu Buhari, president-elect, Bola Tinubu, and House of Representatives’ Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila have hailed Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on his 66th birthday.

They urged youths to learn from the Vice President’s dedication to his multiple duties.

In a statement yesterday in Abuja by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari praised Osinbajo’s commitment to his fields, including academia, church and governance.

“President Buhari rejoices with Vice President Oluyemi Oluleke Osinbajo, on his 66th birthday.
“The President felicitates the Osinbajo family, wishing them many happy returns, as their son, husband and father turns another year, in good health and sound mind.


“Buhari lauds the service the celebrant has provided to the country, as an academic, attorney general of Lagos State (1997-2007), and Vice President (2015 till date).

“He applauds the deft way Osinbajo, a pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), has combined scholarship with governance, and pastoral work.

“President Buhari wishes the Vice President and his family joyful celebration, and greater grace,” the statement said.

Tinubu also sent his hearty congratulations to Osinbajo.

In a statement yesterday in Abuja by Tunde Rahman of his media office, Tinubu said: “I rejoice and celebrate with our Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, on the attainment of 66 today. Osinbajo has been a intellectual in public service since he served with me in Lagos as attorney general and commissioner for Justice. He contributed to the success of our administration and led our justice sector reforms.

“As Vice President, Osinbajo has partnered with our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, to deliver on progressive programmes of our party to make life better for Nigerians…

“On this special day, I join his family, friends and associates to wish him good health. Many happy returns dear Osinbajo.”

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, yesterday in Abuja, Gbajabiamila lauded the VP’s commitment.

He described Osinbajo as a blessing to his family and humanity for his service to Nigeria.

The Speaker noted Osinbajo had paid his dues and served the country diligently before becoming Vice President.

Osinbajo yesterday spent his day with children of victims of Boko Haram insurgency who are catered for by  Northeast Children’s Trust (NECT).

A statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity in the Office of the Vice President, Mr. Laolu Akande, said Osinbajo started the birthday with a quiet service at his Aguda House residence in the Presidential Villa and spent some time with pupils of the Learning Centre in Borno State.

But his aides and others, including members of Abuja International Choir, had something else in mind. After the morning service, the VP and his wife, Dolapo, proceeded to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja where his aides, associates and the choir serenaded him with songs and celebrations as he came out of the car.

“I am hardly ever taken by surprise, but now, I’m surprised. Thank you so much,” he said as he was led to cut the cake in the lobby of the Presidential Wing of the airport.

He then proceeded to Borno State where the Learning Centre, an educational charity he envisioned in 2016, is based.

Osinbajo led efforts that produced Northeast Children’s Trust and Learning Centre.

The trust is a private sector-led charity and social engineering initiative incorporated in 2017 to create innovative, transformational sustainable learning ecosystems to nurture, renew and empower vulnerable children between five and 18 who have become orphans as a result of insurgency.

On arrival at the Nigeria Air Force Base in Maiduguri, Borno State capital, Osinbajo was received by Governor Babagana Zulum, accompanied by wife, Hajiya Falmata, and officials.

The VP proceeded to NECT Learning Centre where the children had activities to mark the day with their “Daddy”.

The children entertained the VP, his wife, members of NECT board and other officials with novelty football matches, sack and egg races, and rendition of a birthday song.

The VP, in company of other guests, cut a special cake presented to him by the school.

Osinbajo reassured workers and children of his commitment to keep providing world-class facilities to make them the best among their peers.

“To all of you, one thing is certain, God giving me good health and preserving my life, I will ensure that you get the best. However it is, we will do everything possible to make sure you get the best…” he said.

Zulum thanked Osinbajo for his commitment to  their education and well-being.

He said establishment of the school was a testament to the VP’s kind heartedness and concern for the downtrodden.

Education Commissioner, Abba Wakilbe, said: “The people of Borno State will remember Prof. Osinbajo as the first person who responded to the plight of over 56,000 children orphaned by Boko Haram insurgency…”


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