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Osinbajo: The Peril of Praise! – By Olusegun Adeniyi

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“I will caution those who are ascribing imaginary accomplishments to Osinbajo in the bid to put down Buhari to desist; if their interest is really to help the man rather than bring him down.”

“So David went out wherever Saul sent him, and behaved wisely. And Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul’s servants.  Now it had happened as they were coming home, when David was returning from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women had come out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with joy, and with musical instruments. So the women sang as they danced, and said: “Saul has slain his thousands, And David his ten thousands.”  Then Saul was very angry, and the saying displeased him; and he said, “They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed only thousands. Now what more can he have but the kingdom?” –1 Samuel 18: 4-7

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It is just as well that the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who is currently acting for his boss, President Muhammadu Buhari, is a Pastor. 

So he must be very familiar with the foregoing Biblical story and the danger of praise singers. 

While David earned his stripes under King Saul as a faithful servant, he also knew that the surest path to his blessing was not to undercut his boss or listen to the mischievous praise singers who were not there when he was just a shepherd boy tending his father’s sheep in the wilderness.

Without any doubt, Prof. Osinbajo has been handling a most delicate assignment with the utmost sense of responsibility and a refreshing style. 

But he can do all that because President Buhari provided the enabling environment for him to operate and has trusted him enough as to hand him significant powers. 

Under the environment we operate and given the bit that I know about presidential politics in Nigeria, it is to the credit of both Buhari and Osinbajo that the administration has been able to function rather seamlessly in the past six weeks. 

It is in our collective interest as a nation that things continue that way. This is therefore not a time to spread dangerous rumours.

The presidency is one and Buhari remains the man with the mandate with Osinbajo there to fill in the gap for him in moments like this. 

And he has been doing that creditably well. 

That is why I will caution those who are ascribing imaginary accomplishments to Osinbajo in the bid to put down Buhari to desist; if their interest is really to help the man rather than bring him down. 

But the administration’s media managers must also be aware that messaging is very important at a moment like this, so it is better to keep quiet when they have nothing to say. 

They should also spare Nigerians all the tales about the number of phone calls or text messages they exchange with their principal every minute. 

It is ridiculous. And pointless!

The Verdict By Olusegun Adeniyi, Email: olusegun.adeniyi@thisdaylive.com

 

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