Many Nigerians wondered who Buhari’s running mate would be, little did they know that Professor Yemi Osinbajo will emerge as one. Professor Yemi Osinbajo is now Buhari’s running mate as announced two days ago by APC. Anyway we hope the combination leaves a trail where there is no path when they eventually get a win. But the big question is; Do people really know this man? Surprisingly, many Nigerians don’t know much about Yemi Osinbajo. We bring you 5 fascinating things you really need to know about Yemi.
Yemi was born in Lagos State, Nigeria into the family of late Sir. Adeyemi and lives presently in Lagos with his wife Dolapo Osinbajo, who is a grandchild of late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo. A foremost writer-cum-philanthropist, she is the daughter of late Otunba Ayodele Soyode, one of the children of late Awolowo. You are right to call him a bona-fide Lagosian with a huge vision.
Yemi acquired a Bachelor of Law (LL.B ) in 1978 from the University of Lagos, and a Master of law (LL. M) in 1980 from the London School of Economics. Yemi has a tremendous oratorical skill. Many who love him often refer to him as a motivational speaker and erudite scholar.
Yemi was the Special Advisor to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Between 1988 to 1991, he later became a professor of Public law. He was appointed the Head of Department of Public Law in 1997 at the University of Lagos where he held the position for 2 years (1997-1999). In 1999, he was made the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice of Lagos State under the administration of Senator Bola Tinubu immediately after his tenure. Yemi Osibanjo held this position for 8 years, until the end of his tenure in 2007. Yemi was a Member of the United Nation’s Secretary General’s Committee of Experts on Conduct and Discipline, a United Nations organisation for Peacekeeping around the world. He is also a Co-founder and Board Member: Convention Business Integrity and the Justice Research Institute and has written a good number of books which include; The Unification and Reform of the Nigerian Criminal Law and Procedure Codes” ; “Law Development and Administration”; “The Annotated Civil Procedure rules of The Superior Courts in Nigeria”; and “Cross Examination: A Trial Lawyer’s Most Potent Weapon”. In addition to this, Yemi and his wife Dolapo Osinbajo birthed a non-governmental organisation known as”The Ordinary Society’s Trust” in 2007 which tends to improve christian practices and organisation.
Currently, Yemi is an Ethics Advisor to the Ethics Committee of the African Development Bank and chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of Redeemer’s University. He recently began the Lagos State justice reform project, which gives free legal services and legal representations to Lagos state’s habitants who are less-privileged and can’t afford to pay for legal services. Yemi is also a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). Also, He is a non-executive Director of Citibank and on 17 December 2014, he was picked as the All progressive Congress running mate of Gen Buhari for 2015 presidential election. For the record, Yemi is currently a solicitor to the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi on the suits against the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Goodluck Ebele Jonathan).
According to report, Yemi is the resident pastor at the Olive Tree House of Prayer for All Nations, Banana Island, a parish of the Redeemed Christian Church Of God. However, rumor has it that this could be a fat lie as information filled in his WAEC form go contrary. It was heard that in his WAEC form, he claimed to be a muslim with four wives. Although to many, this is obviously a lie but nothing is impossible especially in this country. We are as confused as you, because nobody can say for sure what the truth is. Whether or not it is political, the much we can say is; it had better not be that two Muslims are out to rule this country come 2015. Only time could tell anyway.
Could it be that Yemi isn’t a christian? Tell us what you think in the comment box below: