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Groups Condemn Nnia Nwodo’s Speech Against Prof. Osinbajo

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  • Igbo Solidarity Forum Condemns Nnia Nwodo’s Speech Against Prof. Osinbajo,
  • Buhari Osinbajo Solidarity Front, BOSF, Cautions Him To Apologise In The National Dallies

The so called Igbo solidarity Forum in a press release signed by Okpani Okoroafor and Amorji Ikem stated:

The attention of the Igbo solidarity Forum has been drawn to the publication suspected to have come from the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, calling the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo “a Bishop without a cathedral”.

Osinbajo is like a bishop without cathedral —Nwodo

Reacting to such statement, the forum asked Ohanaeze Ndigbo Nnia Nwodo to as a matter of urgency, apologize to the Vice President and Nigerians in the National dallies within 48hrs or face the consequences of his action.

The forum, however, condemned such public assault from Nnia Nwodo who claims to be representing the interest of Igbos, having come out in public to abuse a national figure like the Vice President.

According to the leader of the forum, “the Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo is one of the best Vice Presidents Nigeria ever had since independence. For instance, the Vice President has a good background, reputation, and good academic qualifications, and on no account should Nnia Nwodo come public next time to describe a man of unquestionable character in a bid to smear his personality. Professor Yemi Osinbajo is a man of peace who is very loyal, faithful and in unity with his boss, President Muhammad Buhari, GCFR.

” Nnia Nwodo should retract his steps immediately before his actions land him to problems. Or do you want to cry more than the bereaved?

“Such public assault and utterances against the Vice President, a man whose competence has given a facelift and spoken volumes to the entirety of Nigeria and the world at large. You claim to have the interest of Ndigbo at heart, whereas you have not put your house in order. Remove the speck in your eyes before pock-nosing into another.

Have you forgotten that Osinbajo recently chaired the Economic Sustainability Committee Meeting against the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak on April 16, 2020, to support each sector of the economy? And this was designed for the primary purpose of creating jobs and ensuring that businesses are flowing throughout the pandemic times.

Let me bring back to your memory some of the other things he has done in the past. An example is in 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari appointed the Vice-President, as Chairman of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC). As a result of the work of the council, from 2017 – 2019, Nigeria moved up 39 places, from 170 to 131, on the World Bank Doing Business index, and the country has twice been recognized as a top 10 most improved economy in the world by the World Bank during the same period.

VP Osinbajo also chairs the National Council on Skills. This council was inaugurated by the Vice-President himself on February 27, 2020, after the concluded NEC meeting on February 27, 2020. The rationale behind this council is to reduce the rate of unemployment in the country, the council was set up to build the country’s level of human capital and bridge the existing skills gaps which will enable Nigerian youths to become more employable in the labour market. The council will create policies and strategies targeted at skills development to this effect. Most recent meeting date: Their first and the most recent meeting was on February 27, 2020.

Similarly, the Vice President leads the Power Sector Reform Coordination group after the President gave his approval for the composition of the group. The group’s work is to review ownership pf electricity distribution companies as well as harmonize various efforts by the Federal Government and the 36 States, through the National Economic Council (NEC), on power sector reform and to oversee the design and implementation of a well-coordinated roadmap for the sector. The most recent meeting was on the 22nd of May, 2020

“If you still have the interest to stand as the President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, then we are giving you 48hrs to apologise to the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo for calling him a “Bishop without cathedral” or face sanction”, the leader ordered.

 

Also another group of Nigerians has described comments attributed to Chief John Nwodo, the President-General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo as immature, self-seeking and regrettable.
The South East Coordinator of Buhari Osinbajo Solidarity Front, BOSF, in a statement signed by Chooks Oko stated:
It was unfortunate that instead of an elder like Chief Nwodo to be teaching young Nigerians, the situation is now the other way around. The group urged the once respectable leader to refrain from utterances that depict gross ignorance and insolence.
“Where do we begin to educate Chief Nwodo? We expect that people like him should explain the workings of government to the younger generation but he has failed in that regard, we now have to take the responsibility and educate him.
“In a presidential system there is only one cathedral and it belongs to the President. Therefore there are no bishops in a cathedral but just a Bishop.
“For the sake of history, let it be said again and again that the Humanitarian Ministry was institutionalized by the Buhari government for the well being of the Nigerian people. This is not about politics, this is about improving the well being of the citizens of this country.
“Most importantly however, the Vice President never supervised Humanitarian Affairs, and the movement of Social Investment Programmes to the ministry is purely a Presidential discretion intended to institutionalize the programmes.
“As we can see even the new Minister is subject to occasional supervision of the Vice President on the instructions of the President.
“There is no gainsaying that VP Osinbajo has been one of the most effective VP in Nigeria’s history and without doubt the most impactful and busiest.
The group then questioned the thought process of Nwodo when he faulted the Buhari government for the political calamity that has befallen him including the alleged destruction of his home during a Zoom meeting with Pa Ayo Adebanjo, Ms. Annkio Briggs, Yinka Odumakin and others.
“It is sad to read someone like Chief Nwodo say Nigeria is no longer financially sustainable because of COVID-19, where did he get his Economics degree from? He also said that the Government Structure of Nigeria would be brought down with recession and that it is only the North West that is against restructuring but these all wild allegations.
“There are no evidences to support these claims and it is clearly false that Nigeria is not financially sustainable because of COVID-19,” the group said.
On his statement that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was like a bishop without a cathedral, the group said, “If Nwodo was alive during the time of Jesus he would have led his crucifixion for sure because Jesus did not have a cathedral or he probably would have said Jesus was like a bishop without a cathedral because of his very limited and ignorant knowledge to issues.
The group said some of the activities of the Vice President in the last one week has shaped how Nigeria will reopen its economy. “At the first virtual NEC meeting the Vice President appointed Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to lead a Committee that will interface with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
“He did this because he noticed that the State Governors and the President Task Force were working without any cooperation. This is a pointer that the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 answers to the President and Vice President.
“Apart from the virtual NEC meeting which was chaired by the Vice President and which had 36 state governors, the Vice President has chaired other committees that have made far reaching impact on Nigeria’s economy and power sector.
“In the last one week, the Vice President presided over the National Council on Privatization meeting where he approved the preparation and presentation to President Buhari and FEC, a draft legislative instrument to enact the Health Sector Reform Bill and associated legislation. Put simply, this means free healthcare for millions of Nigerians.
“He also presided over the Presidential Power Reform Coordination Working Group. The President put him in charge of the power reform group because he knows his capability and capacity to ensure improvement in the sector.
BOSF said Chief Nwodo should not be making unguarded statements because this could be his legacy. “Is this what Chief Nwodo wants to be remembered for? That he is conniving with some self-seeking individual to play politics with Nigerian lives? It is shame that a man of his status will descend this low,” the group added.

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