During an exclusive interview on Sunday, Prof Sola Adeyeye, a prominent member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, praised former Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for his discreet exit from office, devoid of the typical grandeur associated with politicians in this region.
Adeyeye, who previously served as the Chief Whip of the 7th Senate, expressed his admiration for Osinbajo’s understated approach.
Prof Sola Adeyeye expressed his disapproval of the critical comments surrounding a viral video featuring former Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and his wife, Dolapo, arriving at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport presidential wing in Lagos from Abuja.
The video captured their unassuming arrival shortly after the conclusion of the handover ceremonies in the nation’s capital last week. Adeyeye condemned the snide remarks accompanying the video, describing them as tendentious and nonsensical.
“It would have been easy for Yemi Osinbajo to do what most politicians periodically do. He could have instructed some of his staff and supporters to organize an impressive crowd to await his arrival at the airport.
“For far less than N10m, he could have distributed bales of Ankara along with snacks and some ‘chicken change’ to singing women and noise-belching men.
“Needless to say, the capacity of a politician to stage such shows is directly correlated with the extent of his involvement in crude, appropriative, cash-and-carry politics.”
He adds: “May God bless Yemi Osinbajo for not embracing the wayward exhibitionism that often defines the thoughtless populism of the Nigerian political class. His job as Vice President has been done. A hallmark of the Christian life he professes is to be able to truthfully say with Apostle Paul, ‘I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things, I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me Philippians 4:12-13.”
“Osinbajo does not need a red carpet. The real losers are not Yemi and Dolapo Osinbajo but those whose superficiality makes them to define a leader by the carpet on which he walks.”
Following the circulation of a viral video on social media, former Vice President Yemi Osinbajo faced harsh criticism from the public. The video and subsequent remarks ignited a wave of unkind comments directed at Osinbajo. Some individuals labeled his decision to contest for the APC presidential ticket as an act of disloyalty towards Bola Tinubu, who ultimately secured the ticket and emerged as the victor in the presidential election held on February 25.