Christians: Group flays Fani-Kayode over comments on Osinbajo

Prof Yemi Osinbajo, SAN

By Marvellous Nyang

A group, Osinbajo Support Movement (OSM), has berated former Aviation Minister, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, for disparaging the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, while featuring in a live television programme.

In a statement released on Sunday, December 11, 2022, titled “The Osinbajo Support Movement Berates FFK for Distortion of Facts and Programmed Dishonesty,” and signed by its Director of Media and Publicity, Babatunde Adejuwon, the group berated Fani-Kayode for saying the VP failed to protect the “rights of Christians.”

“It is troubling to read from a piece of insidious deposition from the former minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, concerning his comments and criticism of His Excellency, Prof Yemi Osinbajo and the reasons attributed to it.

Nigerians of all calling and gender hold His Excellency in utmost regard, and unstable and hugely distorted characters like FFK would not be allowed to spew gibberish and to go scot-free with such,” OSM said.

Fani-Kayode, who is the Director of Special Media Projects and Operations and New Media of the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, while defending the popularly condemned Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket adopted by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Channels TV had insinuated that President Muhammadu Buhari has a Vice President who did not protect the rights of the Christians over the last eight years.

But responding, OSM noted that, “In the first instance, it is instructive to note that the Vice President sits in that office to represent Nigerians irrespective of colour, tribe, religion, ethnicity or any affiliation. He has received credit with respect to his fairness and just dealings with all Nigerians of all leanings. Prof Yemi Osinbajo is a Christian by faith and as Vice President, he represents Christians and non-Christians in Nigeria.

“It is an insult to commonsense for Mr Femi Fani Kayode to claim on Channels TV that he unleashed rounds of baseless and thoughtless criticism on the VP because he failed to protect the ‘rights of Christians.’ This is far from the truth and a deliberately dishonest attempt at being upright.”

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The group warning Fani-Kayode against his falsehood said, “FFK should not assume the position of FFK is not the Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and he cannot speak for genuine and peace-loving Christians in the country.

“From his antecedents and precedences, one wonders if he holds true to the values and ideals of Christianity in his conduct in an official capacity, societal engagements and political dealings. Such individuals in the mould of Fani Kayode should not be given the room to desecrate the sanity of the society, in this light, the OSM will like to set record straight.”

The statement further reads: “Mr FFK does not have the authority in any sense to address the Vice President in such uncouth and denigrating manner, his present role under the Presidential Campaign Council of the APC or his previous assignments under PDP with no real records of accomplishments notwithstanding

“OSM ask the APC PCC to call him to order. We want to believe he is not running such errands on behalf of the Council, but in the interest of his relentless pursuits to fill his belly and satisfy his band of unthinking apologists.

“The Vice President is busy with the demands of his office engaging local and foreign leaders, marketing Nigeria on the global scale for more prosperity and opportunities for the people.

“He should be honoured in the spirit of his dutiful engagements and commitment to the cause of ensuring the development of the nation rather than casting puerile aspersions and innuendos on his person.

“He is a respected gentleman who Nigerians hold dearly, FFK and his co-travellers should seek caution and face their assigned roles as required of them.

“Any further attempt to soil the VP’s name from FFK or his ilks will be treated as an attack on the Presidency of Nigeria and such will not be taken lightly.

“We call on all men of honour and integrity to stand for the truth always and stand firm against evil intentioned persons like FFK whose only interests are located in their abdominal cavities and bank accounts.”