Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osibanjo, has been all over the news for more than two weeks. Most of it is bad news and very negative publicity even as his not -so -effective media man, Laolu Akande, makes one unforced error after another.
As the theories about why and how Mr Osibanjo got into hot waters with the shadows that govern Nigeria (They are called “Cabals”) Mr Osibanjo has decided to go one the offensive. Now,the diminutive vice president is suing everyone, including Google. He has told the media giant that if a YouTube video about 90 Bilion Naira sleeze fund for the elections was not taken down, he would sue. Mr Osibanjo is the subject of the video. His letter threatening to sue reached Google’s office in Lagos, Thursday morning.
Mr Osibanjo is also suing Timi Frank, former buddy of the APC . Mr Frank has said that he stood by his words. That they would meet in court.
I do not think that Mr Osibanjo is helping himself. The framing of the his statements show that his steps are not measured. He is even ready ” to waive” the immunity that covers him- In order to clear his name. His grouse is that lies have been told against him. Should that bother him? Most people ask. Isn’t that what he does basically as vice president? Some ask again!Clearing his name is exactly where Mr Osibanjo’s problem lies. In Nigeria, the Vice President is notorious for his obsequious and toady mien as it relates to the presidency.
At some point, it became a joke to blame the former president each time a Dangote truck kills people- a daily affair, for instance. The jokes are a snide on Mr Osibanjo who blames Mr Jonathan for any and everything. Even without proof.
“Osinbajo lies as much as the ‘devil’ that he preaches against”—Jonathan
While in New York, this year, the vice president accused Mr Jonathan of stealing the nation blind but the latter described him as a “very base character, who lies as much as the devil that he preaches against and whose behaviour has undermined the faith of genuine believers.”
Osinbajo claimed: “As at 2010, Nigeria had about 112.7 million people living in extreme poverty. Nothing in place, there was no Social Investment Programme, there was no social security, no way of taking people out of poverty”.
Mr Reno Omokri issued the following on behalf of the former president.
“My attention has been drawn to statements by the so-called Pastor Yemi Osinbajo, the deputy to General Muhammadu Buhari, in New York where, as usual, he made false statements to the media in an effort to explain away his non-performance in office.
“The statement is a lie and it is very easy to disprove Mr. Osinbajo’s fallacious assertions.
“According to the United Nations and the World Poverty Clock, Nigeria overtook India as the world headquarters for extreme poverty on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, when her population of extremely poor people ‘INCREASED’ to an unprecedented 87 million people”.
Leah Sharibu. Mr Osibanjo has lied more than 3 times this year about Leah Sharibu, the Christian girl that was was left behind in the Dapchi theatrics of 2018. On February 18, April 30 and in July while in New York. He knows he is lying. And when Leah’s dad told Donald Trump’s office what really happened, Osibanjo called the grieving father a liar.
Plateau Kilings. In the Summer of 2018, Fulani herdsmen butchered thousands of people in Plateau state. The killers didn’t hide. It was a revenge for stealing cows, they said. On a condolence visit, Mr Osibanjo said killings “in Plateau didn’t start with Buhari. In fact there were Kilings in 1999. Families of those killed will be paid.”
Speaking of Kilings and kidnapping but this time in New York!
“With respect to general kidnapping which we have seen in parts of the country, again, this is not entirely new. In fact, some of the kidnapping stories you read or listen to are simply not true anywhere, some are fuelled by politics.
“There are cases of kidnapping, no question at all about that, but some of the more dramatic stories that you hear are simply not true.
“Every report of kidnapping we receive, we try to verify, and at the end of the day you find out that people just tell all sorts of stories”And for this, Afenifere, a Yoruba group would described Osibanjo as “a disgrace to the race Yoruba”. And for that, Reuben Fasoranti, leader of the group, will have his daughter murdered in the following week in a bizarre coincidence.
And before that, Frank Gaffney, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defence with knowledge of Nigeria warned Mike Pence that the man about to visit him( Osibanjo) “lies shamelessly”.
The point, again, is that Osibanjo has no reputation to uphold. Whatever he had,has been squandered. By him. Finally, Google.
Do you know that famous line in the movies? “I Wouldn’t Do That If I Were You”? Well, Mr Laolu Akande should have advised his boss about the reach, thoroughness and might of Google. Suing Google could and would open the Pandora box which will hasten his exit ( if an exit is what the “cabals” want.
The internet is suffused with compromising videos of Mr Osibanjo. The only way to get Google to pull down those videos is if he proved in a court that they are indeed false. Knowing his enemies, the embattled pastor must proceed with extreme caution. If I were he ,for instance.
And Mr Osibanjo will also have to prove that the sea of falsehood from him against others are true.
Finally, again, ” The Cabal”.Has anyone noticed that the presidency is not exactly rushing to Mr Osibanjo’s defence? That it looks more like they want him to go prove his innocence in the hope that he is guilty?
What’s more, the allegations about 90 billion Naira is only part of the whole thing. The kernel is that the powers that be want him replaced. Neither him nor the presidency is rushing to court to deny that.
Vice Presidents, per se, are essentially useless. Their office, that is. Those who matter are few. The most prominent vice president in world history is Albert Gore Jr. And in Nigeria, perhaps Atiku Abubakar. Both men didn’t ride to prominence because they were yes men. Quite the opposite. Sadly, in future history books, Mr Osibanjo will not be counted among great vice presidents. And he would have himself to thank.