The immediate past Senior Special Assistant to former President Goodluck Jonathan on Media and Publicity, Dr. Doyin Okupe, has described the recent comment by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo that no new road has been successfully built and completed by government in the last ten years as “a lie and an absolute falsehood”.
The vice president had while speaking at the Pastors and Leaders Retreat of the Fountain of Life Church, Ilupeju, Lagos on Friday, stressed that unless the menace of corruption is tackled frontally, the present administration may not be able to achieve much.
“The federal government in the past 10 years could not build a single new road, not repairing existing ones alone”, Osinbajo, a Professor of Law and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, said adding “Now, we have a president, who will not steal money and who will not allow anybody to steal money”.
In his reaction on Sunday via a Facebook post, the former presidential spokesman described the VP’s comment as unfortunate, adding Mr. Osinbajo, who he holds in “very high esteem”, made a wrong statement, in a wrong place and before a wrong audience.
He wrote: “This is perhaps one of the most difficult posts I have made to date.
“Prof Yemi Osinbajo and I have a few things in common. He is a professional in politics like me. He is a practising Christian and a revered Pastor. I am a practising christian and an aspiring Evangelist.
“We both are alumni of Igbobi college, Yaba. Lagos. His younger brother and mine were classmates at Igbobi and are both pastors of the fountain of life church, Ilupeju, where I became grounded in Christianity under the mentorship of the celebrated and revered man of God, Pastor Taiwo Odukoya.”
“It was in this church and before a body of pastors undergoing a spiritual retreat that the Vice President went and said that the federal government in the last 10 years have not constructed a single new road.
“This statement is a lie and an absolute falsehood. Many people have said so. But this is not why I am writing this. My concern is the erroneous assumption that just because the VP is a Christian therefore every Christian is APC.
“This why the VP’s statement is unfortunate in that it was a wrong statement made in a wrong place (church) and before a wrong audience.
“The church must also be sensitive and mindful of the danger in bringing politics into the church. For Prof Osinbajo, if only he remembered the Igbobi college motto ‘omnes unum in domino’ meaning ‘all are one in the Lord’, he would not have committed such a blunder.
“Our God is God of APC, PDP, Labour etc. Having said this the VP is someone I hold in very high esteem and he knows this. I am also proud of his role in this administration”.