The Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) has hailed Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for performing creditably in office and demonstrating good leadership, but flayed his stand on restructuring of the country.
The Secretary-General of YCE, Dr. Kunle Olajide, extolled Osinbajo’s virtues in an interview with reporters at his country-home in Efon-Alaaye, Ekiti State at the weekend.
He spoke after his son, Adegoke, was blessed by the foremost leaders of the All Progressives Congress as an aspirant for the Efon constituency in the Ekiti State House of Assembly. The event took place at the residence of High Chief Joseph Alake, the Erungboa of Obalu Quarters.
Olajide said, “The Yoruba are very proud of Osinbajo. He has performed most creditably in office. His absolute loyalty to his boss is commendable.
On the few occasions he acted as President, his leadership has been most inspiring.”
Olajide, however, said the VP goofed on his position on restructuring of the country.
Osinbajo had at a town hall meeting in Minnesota, the United States of America, said that the problem of Nigeria was not geographical restructuring rather prudent management of national resources and providing for the people properly.
He also said prudent management of the nation’s resources and the provision of essential needs of the people were better ways of addressing Nigeria’s development challenges.
“The problem with our country is not a matter of restructuring...and we must not allow ourselves to be drawn into the argument that our problems stem from some geographic restructuring,” he had said.
But Olajide said: “He (Osinbajo) missed it on the issue of restructuring. The Federal Government must listen to wise counsel on the need for restructuring of the country.
“Restructuring is very fundamental to the problems of Nigeria for obvious reasons. This is a heterogeneous country made of different nations, tribes histories and cultures and consequently different priorities.
Our concept of development differ from one part of the country to another. If we must live together in peace, each of the nation’s must itemise its priorities as regards to their cultures, histories and believes.”