By 2023, the administration of Muhammadu Buhari would end and he would leave office and probably head to Daura in Katsina state where his hometown is. For his assistant, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, it may be the opportunity he needs to fill the vacant seat perfectly and with more authority.
Osinbajo has given Nigerians a glimpse of his leadership style in the period he was made acting president when Buhari was out of the country. In those short periods, he was able to quickly make decisive actions and take important decisions for the benefit of the country. Many people may not recall it but it was Osinbajo that confirmed Walter Onnoghnen as Chief Justice of the Federation. He was also the one that removed the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal for alleged corruption. Osinbajo also decisively removed Lawal Daura as director-general of the State Security Service following the invasion of the National Assembly by armed men to preserve the sanctity of Nigeria’s democracy.
Although his contribution to the Buhari administration has publicly been reduced, this does not however invalidate the contribution he has made and the opportunity he has had to learn. Of course he may not be the perfect leader but with the little opportunity he has had, he has given a glimpse of what he is capable of doing.
Nigeria's economy needs a fresh perspective and that is something the Buhari administration has not impressed Nigerians on. Osinbajo is part of that team and he has seen the errors that have been made. What other person knows what has to be done to fix it than someone who has seen what is wrong with it?
Osinbajo’s involvement in politics was based on his being a technocrat which means that he is likely going to assemble a team of technocrats in his cabinet instead of the usual appointing people into positions based on politics. Nigerians would do well to give him a chance.
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