The Acting President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo has debunked claims by a Northern leader,Dr Farouk Ismaila, that he only employed Yorubas and Christians in his government, this was denied by the senior special assistant to the Vice President on legal matters, Bilkisu Saidu.
She described the nepotism charges as simply laughable, untrue, unfair and should not be taken seriously,according to her, contrary to Mr Farouk’s conclusions, most senior positions on the vice president’s office are held by Muslims and by individuals who are from the north, Premium Times reports.
Saidu said: “If you are talking about religion, the most senior official or position in the Office of the Vice President apart from the Vice President himself, is the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff to the President and the name of the person occupying that office is Abdulrahman Ipaye and he is a Muslim.
“The positions following the Chief of Staff’s in the order of hierarchy are the Special Advisers in the office of the Vice President. “Here there are three Special Advisers and two out of the three Special Advisers are Muslims, Senator Babafemi Ojudu and Barrister Mariam Uwais from Kano State. “If you look at the remaining senior positions in that office, most of them are in the hands of Muslims from the north.’
”For instance the person in charge of Protocol (i.e. the Director of Protocol) is Ambassador Abdullahi Gwary from Yobe State; those in charge of welfare and health in the office of the Vice President are mostly Muslims and from the north.
”Worthy of note are the stewards, those who serve the Vice President’s meals, they are mostly Muslims, so what do the critics mean when they talk about religion.
”Saidu concluded that when non-progressive minded people fail to win public support on their personal agenda they often resort to the use of religion given its sensitivity among Nigerians.
She said: ”when people lack what to use or have exhausted all avenues to speak evil against perceived opponents or ridicule the good works that they are doing, they resort to use of religion or other means possible to damage the image and reputation of that opponent.”
Meanwhile, Osinbajo has condemned the terror attack on London Bridge, United Kingdom, describing it as the the sickening atrocity perpetrated by a misguided and cowardly group of terrorists. The acting president, in a statement issued by his senior special assistant, Mr Laolu Akande, condoled the families of the victims of the attack.