Professor Yemi Osinbajo was not a familiar figure among Nigerians until he was picked as the running mate of Muhammad Buhari in 2015. Eventually, Buhari became the president and Professor Yemi Osinbajo was sworn in as the vice president. As a result, a lot of people have tried to find out who he is. To the surprise of everyone, he is not just a politician, but also a pastor. Based on what we know about politicians in this country, it is hard to believe that we can have a politician who is also a pastor. That kind of combination is just so hard to find. Nonetheless, he has managed to do both very well, using his father as a role model. Thus, this post will share a little into his life.
Oluyemi Oluleke Osinbanjo popularly known as Professor Yemi Osinbajo was born on the 8th of March 1957 in Lagos state, Nigeria. He was born into the family of late Mr. Opeoluwa Osinbajo. It seemed as if he took the footsteps of his father to become a lawyer and a politician. Yemi Osinbajo attended Corona primary school and obtained his junior school-leaving certificate in 1975. Later on, he proceeded to Igbobi College Yaba to get his West African senior school certificate. Afterward, he proceeded into the University of Lagos to study law. He later obtained his bachelor degree with a second class upper division in 1978.
Next, he completed his one-year professional training at the Nigerian law school in 1979. Then, he was admitted into the Nigeria Supreme Court to practice as a barrister and a solicitor. Finally, he attended the London school of economics and political science to get his master’s degree in law. He came back to participate in the national youth service after successfully completing his program abroad in 1980. He served as a legal officer with Bendel Development and Planning Authority in Edo state.
Yemi Osinbajo is currently married to Dolapo Osinbajo, the granddaughter of Chief Obafemi Awolowo. They are blessed with two daughters and a son.
Professor Yemi Osinbajo began his career as a junior lecturer in the University of Lagos in 1981. He was later promoted to a senior lecturer in 1986. He was later appointed as a legal adviser to Bola Ajibola, attorney general of the Federation of the minister of justice. Afterward, he became a professor of law and head of the department of public law in the University of Lagos in 1999. Professor Osinbajo became a member of the cabinet of Lagos State Ministry of Justice. In addition, he was the Attorney General and commissioner for justice from 1999 to 2007.
His political career began in 2013 when he helped produce a manifesto for the All Progressive Congress. The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, retired General MuhammaduBuhari picked Osinbajo as his running mate and vice-presidential candidate for the 2015 general elections. Buhari was confirmed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the winner of the presidential elections on March 31. Hence, Osinbajo became the Vice President-elect of Nigeria. They were both sworn in on the 29th of May. Yemi Osinbajo officially became the Vice President of Nigeria after taking the oath of office on 29 May 2015 at the Eagle Square, Abuja.
Professor Yemi Osinbajo was conferred as the acting president during president absence while he was on medical leave. Yemi Osinbajo acted as the president of Nigeria for some months while Buhari was away. Both of them are combining once more for the 2019 general election
He may not be as rich as the likes of Femi Otedola and Mike Adenuga but he is the vice president of the country with the highest paid lawmakers in the world; go figure. he is reported to be worth an estimated 7 million dollars.
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