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I didn’t beg to be Vice President, I can leave at short notice – Osinbajo

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Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday night
said he would rather vacate his office as the
nation’s Number Two man than compromise his
Christian faith.

Osinbajo stated this while responding to posers
raised by some Christian leaders at the
stakeholders’ meeting held at the new Banquet
Hall of the Benue State Government House,
Makurdi.

He said under no circumstances would he give up
his faith but would rather vacate his position as the
nation’s Vice-President at the slightest attempt to
cause him to abandon his Christian virtues.

One of the speakers, the Catholic Bishop of Gboko,
His Lordship, Williams Avenya, had reminded
Osinbajo of the then-presidential candidate of the
All Progressives Congress, Muhammadu Buhari’s
campaign promises that he would not Islamise the
country and would protect the interest of all
Nigerians including citizens of minority ethnic
groups if voted into power.
Quoting Buhari, the bishop said, “My deputy is a
Christian and there is no way I will Islamise
Nigeria with many Christians in my team.”

Avenya noted that the killing of Christians and
members of the minority ethnic group particularly
in Benue State had proved that the Federal
Government under Buhari was not living up to
these promises.

Facing Osinbajo, the bishop said, “The point I’m
trying to make is that a day is going to come when
you, as the Vice-President, will bear the brunt of
that problem of injustices in our land, especially
those perpetrated on smaller ethnic groups that
have no one to fight for them.

“So, as a Christian person, exonerate yourself from
this situation,” the bishop advised the VP.

Responding, the vice-president said, “My Lord
Bishop, you said you are not a politician, I am also
not a politician.
As a matter of fact, I’m also a
priest and I’m a Christian, a born again Christian.

Because I’m a born again Christian, my destiny is
not determined by any man but by God who I
serve.
“Let me assure you that under no circumstances,
none whatsoever, will I give up my faith or refuse
to stand up for my faith.
“You can take that to the bank.
Even the position
that I currently occupy, I did not ask for it and I’m
prepared to leave it at a short notice.

“It doesn’t mean anything.
I became a born again
Christian after I became a professor, a professor of
the law of evidence, a professor of proof.

“But when the Lord Jesus Christ met me, He
persuaded me by showing me clearly that there is
such a thing as the evidence of things that are not
seen.

“It is because of the evidence of things that are not
seen, it is because you can make something out of
nothing that I stand here today as Vice-President.

“How possible can anyone say that the killing of
women and children doesn’t matter because he is
Vice-President or because he is President? How is
that possible? Certainly, it cannot be for a person
who is born again.
A renewed mind will know that
there is justice, there is consequence even if there
is no justice here on earth.”

The Vice-President, while reacting to the issue
raised by another speaker, Dr. Magdalene Dura,
that the invasion of the state was an ethnic
agenda, said no one would deliberately kill his own
people.

“I do not accept and I do not believe that there is
an agenda. No one will deliberately kill his own
people. No one will do so. But we cannot bring
back the dead but we can make life more bearable
for the living.

“This is why coming here today at the behest of
the President is first, to look at the situation
myself, to get a first-hand view of the situation
because the President has mandated me to take
this on board and deal with the issues,” Osinbajo
added.

In his remark, Governor Samuel Ortom appealed to
the Federal Government to ensure that peace reign
in his state.

The governor said that the killing of the two
Catholic priests and 17 parishioners could have
caused a religious crisis but for the prompt action
of his administration.

He appreciated the Federal Government for
deploying more troops to the state as well as
releasing funds for control of flood in the state.

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