Nigeria’s Vice-President and Presidential hopeful, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has decided to respond to some of the heavy criticisms that welcomed his declaration to run for President in the upcoming 2023 elections.
Series of articles across the Muslims and Christain circles have been written, analysing in various dimensions how Prof. Osinbajo is allegedly more of the representative of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) that he is a representative of the Nigerian people.
Prof. Osinbajo is a senior pastor of the RCCG and he has been accused of attempting to hijack the Nigerian government to serve RCCG and not Nigeria, a term which was curled as “RCCGfication” by one of the most popular critic.
According to several criticisms of Prof. Osinbajo’s ambition to become President, the VP was accused to have in many instances favoured members of his church in appointments, and also influenced governmental decisions to favour only members of his church.
In an article written by Farooq Kperogi, a Professor of Journalism, which was seen by our reporters, he accused the Vice President of hating Islam in its totality and also making appointments only available for members of the RCCG only. Farooq Kperogi’s article titled “Two Major Lies in Osinbajo’s Declaration Speech” which was posted on the 11th of April 2022 has been seen by many Nigerians, generating over 50,000 reactions on social media.
He wrote: “So, let’s start. Although every political position he has ever occupied in life has been facilitated by Yoruba Muslims (i.e., Prince Bola Ajibola and Bola Tinubu), every consequential position he has had an opportunity to facilitate was given to an RCCG member.
“In 2015, when he was given an opportunity to nominate a minister, he presented Okechukwu Enelamah, an RCCG pastor, who became Minister of Industry, Trade & Investment until 2019.
“His spokesperson, Laolu Akande, was an RCCG pastor in New York. As Vice President, Osinbajo is in charge of the economy, and all the major appointments he has influenced in government agencies under the economy have been given to RCCG pastors. For example, when he was asked to nominate a chairman for the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), he nominated Babatunde Fowler, an RCCG pastor.
“How about the Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE)? You guessed right: another RCCG pastor by the name of Alex Ayoola Okoh. When it came time to appoint someone to be MD and CEO of Nigeria’s Bank of Industry (BOI), guess again who Osinbajo nominated. Yep, another RCCG pastor by the name of Olukayode Pitan who has turned the BOI into an RCCG church. I’ve been given a dossier of the happenings there and will share them at the appropriate time,” Prof. Kperogi wrote on his facebook handle.
Although, the Vice President faces similar criticisms from several divides of the country, Kperogi’s consistent criticisms and others seems to have gotten the attention of the Vice President and his campaign team.
In a video uploaded by Premium Times on Facebook, the Vice President’s media team produced a compilation of Muslims who work in the office of the Vice President. Several employees of the Federal Government was seen mentioning their names, identfying themselves as Muslims and stating that they work with the Vice President. Watch the video below:
Details of the motives of the video was not obtained as at the time of filing this report, it is however believed that the video was compiled to debunk the accusations that the Vice President is anti-Muslim and is on a RCCGfication mission.