The vice president Yemi Osinbajo on Monday, October 1, made a mockery of the Senator representing Kogi west senatorial district, Dino Melaye and the Osun governorship candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party in the just concluded election, Ademola Adeleke.
Osinbajo while making a speech at the Independence Gala night which took place at the Banquet hall of the Presidential Villa said the duo are humorous.
He also said he agrees with the poll conducted by the British Independent newspapers which declared Nigerians as the happiest and most optimistic people in the world.
Vanguard reports that the vice president said Senator Adeleke provided humor by dancing while Senator Melaye made people to laugh by claiming to escape assassination by hiding on a tree top for 11 hours.
Osinbajo said: “ A few months ago, an important Nigerian politician who was on his way to a trial in a court said he was abducted. And after he escaped from his abductors, he remained hiding on a tree for 11 hours.
The most interesting part of that story is that many people online in particular, on the Internet, started to tell stories of different birds and how long those birds could remain perched on a tree. All these were the Nigerian contributions to that story,” Osinbajo said.
Throwing some of his jabs on Adeleke, Nigeria’s number two man said, the Senator currently representing Osun west senatorial district insists that the most important attribute to leadership is dancing.
“Yet another very important politician insists, and still insists that the most important attribute for leadership is dancing, and boy could he dance! And for those who think that that is ridiculous at least 200,000 people voted for him in a particular election,” Osinbajo said.
Speaking on optimisim exhibited by Nigerians, the vice president said, citizens are optimistic because they know they must succeed.
He expressed optimism that Nigeria was set to become the envy of the whole world.
“When I served as Adviser to the Attorney General of the Federation between 1987 and 1992, I had a driver who was always broke,” Osinbajo said.
But he was always so optimistic. He had 14 children, while I, his boss, had only one child at the time. And I asked him, “Why do you just keep having so many children?” Of course he had more than one wife.
He said to me in Yoruba, “I don’t know which of them can become President of Nigeria. So, the more I have, the better my chances.”
How optimistic can you be? Only a Nigerian can be that optimistic. “The reason why we are so optimistic is because we know that we are the best, we know we are going to excel, it may seem like it’s taking a while, and there are many problems, but every one of the over 1,000 days that I have been Vice President for, I grow stronger in my complete confidence that we are going to be the envy of the whole world in a few short years.
Well, you might say that that is optimistic, why not, I am a Nigerian,” he added.