A former military Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, has praised the government of the outgoing President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), saying it has performed credibly.
Gowon made this statement on Monday, during the launch of a book in honour of the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, titled: “Osinbajo Strides: Defining Moments of an Innovative Leader” organised by a nonpartisan and multicultural group of Nigerians, Professor Yemi Osinbajo Collective.
The book is a collection of essays written by 25 journalists, writers, and other persons from all walks of life, according to Leadership.
The 25 writers are Richard Akinnola, Azu Ishiekwene, Garba Mohammed, Etim Etim, Donu Kogbara, Sadiq Abdullateef, Fatima Mamman-Daura, James Akpandem, Mustapha Ogunsakin, Dayo Akintobi, Dr. Wale Adeduro, Columba Ogah, Haruna Abdullahi, Temilade Okesanjo, Arukaino Umukoro, Olaolu Beckley, Jude Zoho, Vitalis Obidiaghaa, Seun Bisuga, Seyi Gesinde, Faith Dafe-Joseph, Muritala Ayinla, Abimbola Olaniyan, and Ibrahim Bature. Mr Jahman Anikulapo is the editorial consultant for the work.
The book, whose Foreword was written by a former Head of State, General Abudulsalami Abubakar, details the Osinbajo’s public service since he was Special Adviser to the Attorney-General of the Federation in 1988 till date.
Gowon, during his address said, “How can anybody say that this government has not done anything? I know the efforts President Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo have put in to ensure the delivery of good governance at all levels and I commend him and the government.
“The book is a testament to Osinbajo’s commitment to service and unique approach to problem-solving from a young lawyer to vice president.
“His contribution to the economy and passion for good governance and justice stands him out.
“The vice president’s key highlight is his leadership skills and collaborative leadership efforts which have made him achieve desired goals.
“His qualities have made him a unique vice president across the world.
“Osinbajo is always at the forefront of different initiatives that have helped transform Nigeria. He has a passion for innovation and development of Nigeria and he is one of the most effective vice presidents.
“Most initiative by the current administration reminds him of his effort geared towards establishing National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) to ensure that young Nigerians are mobilised to serve in different parts of the country as part of efforts to achieve real reconciliation, reconstruction and rehabilitation as well as reintegration after the Civil War.
“The current administration has ensured that internally displaced persons (IDPs) are returned to their homes and living in good condition. The federal government has also empowered many Nigerians via its social investment programmes.”
The President, who was represented by the Secretary General of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, described the vice president as a true patriot.
He said he has a seamless and one of the sweetest relationships as president and vice president.
He said Osinbajo’s speeches at different fora have helped to strengthen the nation’s bond.
He added that he is an inspiration for a new Nigeria by exhibiting good values, and morals.
“He is a breath of fresh air. His better days are ahead of him. He is a leader worthy of emulation in the journey of nationhood,” he stated.