Stanley Ibeku: Is Yemi Osinbajo the man of destiny?


YEMI OSINBAJO: IS HE THE MAN OF DESTINY?Since President Muhammadu Buhari embarked on his leave and medical trip 40 days ago, Oluyemi Oluleke Osinbajo, the legal luminary has been in acting capacity as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Within this period, there has been disquiet in different political camps. Political wheelers and dealers have been strategizing and re-strategizing with intense debates and recriminations. At a point, it was rumoured that a ‘strong’ cabal from the North was mounting pressure on Professor Osinbajo to resign apparently to avoid the repeat of the Yar’dua Conundrum in which the North lost the presidency to the South due to the demise of Musa Yar’dua.
Beer parlour critics are at work, self-appointed political commentators and voodoo public affairs analysts are drumming support silently for the rise and rise of Osinbajo. They have gone to town with achievements within this period. Check them out; naira is coming down astronomically against the dollar unlike few weeks when it was becoming more like an embarrassing tale. The government has also announced a reduction in attacks on oil and gas infrastructure in recent weeks, cuts that follow Mr. Osinbajo’s tour of the Niger Delta and talks with community leaders, according to a report published in PremiumTimes.
He has paid unscheduled visit to the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos causing some actions. The loyalists of Osinbajo has also reminded us of how Prof. Osinbajo calmed the ensuing confusion during the Chief Justice of Nigeria confirmation saga by sending the name of Justice Onnoghen to the National Assembly. We are also reminded of the signing into law some bills passed by the National Assembly.
The list we are reminded continues. No doubt, there is a clear departure from the usual ‘go-slow- responses to pressing national matters. But Osinbajo seems to be swift, quirky and daring. With unrestrained passion, zeal and wit, he has been confronting the challenges of the times.
Prof. Osinbajo is a thorough-bred professional with intimidating pedigree. He has transversed the academia and the public service with finesse and respect. He is a law professor and a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. He is also a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and a senior partner in one of the most respected legal firm in the country.
While Osinbajo tries to push for some changes apparently to calm the already depressed Nigerians, he must be cautious with all. Truth is what will be, will be, no matter the machinations and plots of men. If Osinbajo will be President, he will be. If he will be in acting capacity for 2 or 3 or 4 months, he will be.
With the events playing and still unfolding, it won’t be out of place to posit thus ‘Is he the man of destiny?’
The remaining days hold the answer.