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How Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo Rose From ‘A Lawyer To Become The Number One Man In Nigeria’

 

Oluyemi “Yemi” Oluleke Osinbajo  is a Nigerian legal practitioner and respected politician who is the incumbent Vice President of Nigeria, in office since 29 May 2015.

Osinbajo is also a senior advocate of Nigeria, Professor of Law and until his inauguration as Vice President, a Senior Partner with Simmons Cooper Partners, a commercial law practice.

We Bring You His Rise From Professor Of Law To Nigeria’s Number One Man

Yemi Osinbajo was born into the family of Opeoluwa Osinbajo on 8 March 1957, Creek Hospital, Lagos.

From 1975–1978, he studied for his undergraduate degree in Law at the University of Lagos, where he was awarded a LLB Law degree. From 1979–1980 he attended Nigerian Law School. In 1981, he was awarded a Master of Laws after attending the London School of Economics.

In 1981, he was employed as a law lecturer at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. From 1983 to 1986, he was Senior lecturer of Law at the University of Lagos. From 1988 to 1992, he was an Adviser (legal advice and litigation) to the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Bola Ajibola. Osinbajo began lecturing at the age of 23.

From 1997 to 1999 he was made Professor of Law and Head of Department of Public Law, University of Lagos. From 1999 to 2007, Osinbajo was Member of Cabinet, Lagos State Ministry of Justice, also Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.

From 2007 to 2013 Osinbajo was once again employed as a Professor of Law, Department of Public Law, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos. In 2007, Osinbajo was made Senior Partner, Simmons Cooper Partners (Barristers and Solicitors), Nigeria. Osinbajo was also a Senior lecturer at the Lagos State University.

Yemi Osinbajo was also the Pastor in charge of the Lagos Province 48 (Olive Tree provincial headquarter) of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Ikoyi before his inauguration into office as the Vice President of Nigeria. He however still insists that he remains the pastor-in-charge of the said province and he is only on loan to the Federal Government. In his words,

“Just like Pastor Ibitayo has said we are on loan. I am still the pastor-in-charge of Province 48 in Lagos and my wife remains wife of the pastor-in-charge and wife of the Vice President.”

After the formation of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2013, Yemi was tasked, with other notable Nigerians, to design and produce a manifesto for the new political party. This culminated in the presentation of the “Roadmap to a New Nigeria”, a document published by APC as its manifesto if elected to power.

On 17 December 2014 the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, retired General Muhammadu Buhari, announced Osinbajo as his running mate and vice-presidential candidate for the 2015 general elections.

On 31 March 2015 Buhari was confirmed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the winner of the presidential elections. Thus Osinbajo became the Vice President-elect of Nigeria. They were both sworn in on 29 May 2015.

Following President Buhari’s embarkment on a short medial-related vacation in February 2017, Nigeria’s Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo was signed in as the temporary Acting President of the Federal Republic, and in absolute charge of all affairs of running the nation.
Osinbajo was applauded for the way he handled a couple of the Nation’s affairs when the President was absent. He signed 7 bills into law. The bills were: Oaths (Amendment) Act 2017; Defence Space Administration Act 2017; Veterinary Surgeons (Amendment) Act 2017; and others.

He also presided over the FEC meeting on February 1, during which the Presidential Task Force on Food Security was mandated to reduce prices of food items in the country.

Between February 10 and 13, Osinbajo visited Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital in continuation of his interactive engagements with oil-producing communities in the Niger Delta region. He then went to Port Harcourt, Rivers state, to meet stakeholders of the oil producing communities. During the meeting, he rolled out the framework for the clean-up exercise of Ogoni land.

On February 16, he presided over the first National Economic Council meeting of the year and directed the CBN to review the foreign exchange policy.

He then paid an unscheduled visit to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, as part of the 60-day action plan for business reforms in the country.

On Tuesday, May 9, the Senate confirmed that Yemi Osinbajo is now the nation’s acting President in Muhammadu Buhari’s absence as the President would be away for a scheduled medical follow up with his doctors in London.

On Wednesday, May 10, he presided over Federal Executive Council meeting (FEC) and made a quick change from the usual 11am to 10am.

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Yemi Osinbajo is married Dolapo Osinbajo who is the grandchild of the late Obafemi Awolowo.

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