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Despite releasing Muslim employees’ list, report reveals Osinbajo to be a religious bigots

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo and presidential aspirant has been revealed to be a religious bigots in a new report as he declared his intention to run for president in the 2023 general election.

Osinbajo, who after months of speculations and denials declared his intention to be the country’s next president, on Monday, April 10, 2022 was accused by many groups and individuals across the Muslims and Christians circles to be more of the representative of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) than he is a representative of the Nigerian populace.

One of the main criticisms against the VP is that he dislike working with Muslims in its totality, and that in fact, he has never employed a Muslim as an employee. Also, it is said that the Christians who work with him are RCCG members only.

Critics of Osinbajo opined that such person isn’t not fit enough to rule a multi-religious country like Nigeria.

Recall that Intel region, yesterday reported an article written by a UK-based Professor of Journalism, Faruq Kperogi, which explained how the presidential aspirant in many instances had favoured members of his church in appointments, and also influenced governmental decisions to favour only members of his church.

The Prof. of Journalism pointed out that, the VP who has always been backed by Muslims to whatever position he has ever been, when given the opportunity to help, will only think of an RCCG member. 

He wrote: “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.

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This accusation and many others have probably reached the loyalists of the VP and his campaign organizations as a video was released by Premium Times on Facebook to counter the accusations. The video compiled by the Vice President’s media team show a list of Muslims who work in the office of the Vice President. Also, several employees of the Federal Government was seen mentioning their names, identifying themselves as Muslims and stating that they work with the Vice President. 

However, in a new report seen by our reporter, again on Farooq Kperogi’s Facebook page, which have generated over 5000 reactions as at press time, showed that, the list is a mere propaganda from the VP’s end.

Farooq claimed that the Muslims along with other Christians shown to be working at the office of the Vice President were employed by the Presidency and posted to the office, adding that the process which is an age-old-tradition has no influence of the Osinbajo whatsoever. 

He further said that the VP having a need to showcase Muslim appointees sent to his office by the Presidency not only betrays the ridiculous extreme he’s prepared to go to hide his well-known and obvious bigotry, adding that it also dramatizes the truth of his anti-Muslim (and anti-other-Christian-sects) bigotry.

Farooq Kperogi wrote: “Premium Times published a video of Muslim employees who work in Yemi Osinbajo’s office. It’s designed to prove that he doesn’t exclusively hire RCCG members.

“Well, those appointees in the video—along with others who’re Christians—were actually appointed by the Presidency and posted to the Vice President’s office.

“This is an age-old tradition. That he has a need to showcase Muslim appointees sent to his office by the Presidency not only betrays the ridiculous extreme he’s prepared to go to hide his well-known and obvious bigotry, it also dramatizes the truth of his anti-Muslim (and anti-other-Christian-sects) bigotry.” He said.

The Professor of Journalism, also stated that the appointments made by the VP singlehandedly in 2019 while President Buhari was on fifteen days medical trip in London was outrageously ridiculous which made the presidency to terminate the appointment forthwith.

He wrote: “Well, let’s look at the appointments he SINGLEHANDEDLY made in 2019 WITHOUT the input of the presidency when Buhari was away in London for a 15-day medical trip.

“The appointments were so outrageously lopsided that the presidency terminated them forthwith. Daily Trust exclusively published the names on Nov. 7, 2019.

“So, Osinbajo’s own discretionary hires are a better judge of the religious complexion of his appointments than the appointees sent to his office by the presidency.

“Look at them and make up your mind: Ajibola Ajayi, Special Assistant, Legal; Lanre Osinbona, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on ICT; Imeh Okon, SSA on Infrastructure; Jide Awolowo, SA, Oil & Gas; Gambo Manzo, SA Political; Edobor Iyamu, SSA, Niger Delta; Lilian Idiaghe- SA, Research, Legal and Compliance; Arukino Umukoro- SA, Niger Delta; Bala Liman Mohammed- SSA Economy; Dolapo Bright -SSA, Agro Allied Value Chain; Toyosi Onaolapo- SA, Community engagement; Bisi Ogungbemi -SA, Political Matters; Edirin Akemu -SSA, Industry, Trade & Investment; Akin Soetan -STA, Economic Matters; Aondaver Kuttuh -Technical Assistant, Rule of Law.

“Ife Adebayo- SA, Innovation; Yussuf Ali -SA, Power regulations; Tola Asekun -SSA, National boundary commission; Morakinyo Beckley -SA, Off grid power; Yosola Akinbi -SSA, NEC; Tochi Nwachukwu -SA, Power Privatisation; Bode Gbore -SSA, Political; Abdulrahman Baffa Yola -SA, Political; Kolade Sofola -SA, Infrastructure; Ebi Awosika -STA, Community Engagement; Muyiwa Abiodun -SSA, Power; Forri Samson Banu -SA, Entrepreneurship; Bege Bala -SA, BPE; Feyishayo Aina -SA, Community engagement; Halima Bawa -SA, Community Engagement; Nkechi Chukwueke -SA, Community engagement; Ilsa Essien -SA, Media.” Farooq wrote.

This has not been put to false by the Vice President or his media team as at the time of filing this report.

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