‘Good leadership is in your DNA,’ Oba of Benin tells Osinbajo

Oba of Benin
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo SAN pays a courtesy visit to Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku’ Akpolokpolo Ewuare II, at his Palace in Benin, Edo State. 28th April, 2022. Photo: Tolani Alli

By Oluwafemi Popoola

The Oba of Benin Kingdom, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Ewuare II, on Thursday, April 28, 2022, described the leadership of the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON, as inborn talents, saying the VP’s eloquence, calmness, humility and leadership were naturally present at birth not by being a professor.

The first-class monarch made this disclosure at his palace in Benin, Edo State, where he received the Vice President, who had visited the state to inform the monarch of his desire to serve the country by running for the Office of the President in 2023.

The Vice President’s visit to the revered monarch was in continuation of his consultations to meet with the state’s party delegates, political actors, leaders of thought and critical stakeholders ahead of the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary elections on May 30 and 31 of this year preparatory to the 2023 presidential race.

The Oba of Benin said he admires the Vice President’s eloquence, calmness, humility, respect for culture, and fear of God while thanking him for having respect for culture.

He said the pre-eminent credentials and exemplary qualities of the Vice President are causing panic and confusion in the camp of other contestants as he affirmed that Professor Osinbajo is a man of impeccable character.

Welcoming Osinbajo, the Oba said: “I admire you and I said this man is a real professor. You know, the way you talk not just because you are a Professor but it is in your DNA the way you bring us together.”

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“With your credentials and entrance to the race, other contestants must be shivering wherever they are.

“We don’t have to over flog your credentials, they speak for themselves. I always admire you greatly.

“Because of your credentials, humility, calmness, there’s no gainsaying that your contestants are shivering where they are.

“I was supposed to be in Abuja today for a meeting but I had to put it on hold to receive our dear son of the soil, Yemi Osinbajo,” the royal father said.