Ex-NBA president lauds Osinbajo’s revolution in judiciary as Nigerians celebrate VP’s public service feats

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, having with him members of the Abuja Global Shapers Community, who paid him a courtesy visit at the Statehouse, Abuja. on Thursday, May 4, 2023. Photo: Statehouse/Tolani Alli

• People across social media reminisce on VP’s key achievements, #YemiDidThat trends

By Oluwafemi Popoola

Former President of Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), O. C. J. Okocha, has lauded the achievements of Vice President Yemi, SAN, in the Judiciary during his time as the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice in Lagos State, from 1999 to 2007.

This was also followed by Nigerians began the celebration of the Vice Presidents achievements with a throwback challenge on the micro-blogging site, Twitter, as they recalled numerous achievements of the country’s second-in-command, barely a month before Prof. Osinbajo leaves office.

The Nigerians’ celebration of Prof. Osinbajo’s good works came on the backdrop of the viral statement the erudite lawyer, Okocha, made in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, at a bouquet where Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike hosted in honour of the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in Port Harcourt, during his visit the state.

Okocha, the Founder and Managing Solicitor of the Law Firm of Okocha & Okocha and a former Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice of Rivers State, on Wednesday, on May 3, 2023, praised the Vice President in his speech as he made a direct address to Tinubu, under whom Osinbajo served as the Attorney General in Lagos State.

Okocha, who is a Life Member of the Honourable Body of Benchers (the highest body of excellence in the Legal Profession in Nigeria), at the state banquet in Port Harcourt, told Tinubu that, “Professor Yemi Osinbajo revolutionized the judiciary in Lagos State when “you were governor and that is the template that most of us have copied in mending our rules of court and now have what we call front loading, Yemi did that and revolutionized the judiciary in Lagos State, we have tried to copy.”

Okocha’s statement captured by the media in a 30-second video has since gone viral on social media with many Twitter users now using the video in several posts on their walls.

Reacting to the development, many Nigerians have since taken to Twitter to celebrate the VP, with many recollecting his achievements when he was Acting President in 2017, to his numerous feats as Nigeria’s Vice President for being a ground-breaker of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration’s pro-people policies aimed at making life easier for people.

In the same vein, many also recalled Prof Osinbajo’s input during the End SARS controversy and his influence in the final dissolution of the notorious SARS unit while also commending his resolve to creating the idea of judicial panels of enquiry in all states of the federation to investigate all cases of police brutality across the nation.

They said Prof. Osinbajo’s numerous achievements as Vice President, have in many ways set the template for good governance in Nigeria, while some recalled that the Vice President had led two different committees that helped the country exit recession on different occasions.

“In Rivers yesterday, O.C.J Okocha pointedly told Tinubu, our presidential-elect what Osinbajo did as Justice Commissioner under his admin. Where are those online APC agberos and other Twitter charlatans disparaging the VP.? #YemiDidThat.” — Adewunmi Collins.

“Osinbajo was intrumental in the setting up of Extra-Judicial Killing Panels on Police brutality across the country during EndSars.
#YemiDidThat #OsinbajoDidThat” — Maxwell.

The most successful social intervention program in our nation’s history is #NSIP under Prof. OSINBAJO. The program recorded immense success and testimonies from beneficiaries. #Npower recruitment under him remained the most transparent to date.
#YemiDidThat” — Kemisola Adekun.

Osinbajo The Pacesetter
“Professor Yemi Osinbajo revolutionized the judiciary in Lagos State when you were Governor and that’s the template most of us have copied…,” Ekpes Francis quoted O.C.J Okocha.

“Vice President Yemi Osinbajo once visited the IDP’s camp in Benue state after attack by insurgents, he went there with a message of hope and restoration….what a kind-hearted leader. … Yes! #YemiDidThat.” — Thomas Blessing.

“Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede said Prof Yemi Osinbajo is Nigeria’s most admired Vice President. True! Whoever wants to counter it, mention one. Osinbajo designed #ESP #SolarPowerNaija #NPower plus other initiatives empowering Nigerians. Only VP to act as President! #YemiDidThat.” — Uzo DM.

“What did Osinbajo do as VP? Conditional Cash Transfer National Social Housing Plan
Home-Grown School Feeding Programme
Trademoni and MarketMoni
Survival Fund Economic Sustainability Plan
Artisan Grant and so on
Survival Fund/Payroll Support and so on.
#YemiDidThat.” — Anastasia Eze.

One of the best policies of the Federal Government in Nigeria since I grew up was the introduction of Survival Funds, a component of the Economic Sustainability Plan; you don’t need to know anyone before you can be a beneficiary. It was purely based on merit.
#YemiDidThat.” — Wada Yahaya.