Virtual Book Launch Of “Osinbajo Strides: Defining Moments Of An Innovative Leader” Written In Honour Of VP Osinbajo
REMARKS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, PROF. YEMI OSINBAJO SAN, GCON, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AT THE VIRTUAL BOOK LAUNCH OF A BOOK WRITTEN IN HIS HONOUR TITLED “OSINBAJO STRIDES: DEFINING MOMENTS OF AN INNOVATIVE LEADER” ON THE 1ST OF MAY, 2023
First, let me thank the Almighty God for the privilege of life and the opportunity to serve our great country. I must also thank a role model and all-time mentor to millions, the Chair of this book launch General Yakubu Gowon GCFR, former head of state. Thank you for the incredible privilege of your company today, and I am deeply grateful to you for doing me this honour.
Let me also thank former President General Abdulsalam Abubakar for the great honour done to me by the very kind comments he made in the foreword to this book.
I also thank my dear brother, Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, who very kindly represented the President at this event. Thank you for those kind and generous words. Thank you very much, the boss!
My gratitude also to His Excellency, Governor Aminu Tambuwal, Chair of the Governors’ Forum who spoke on behalf of their excellencies, Governors of States, and for his usual support and kindness all the time.
My dear brother, Governor Simon Lalong thank you and also my own Governor and brother, His Excellency, Dapo Abiodun MFR, thank you for being there always; His Excellency, Dr. Akabe representing my brother His Excellency, Engineer A. Sule. And my deep gratitude to His Highness, Lamido Sanusi for his solidarity and very generous comments.
And I must then thank all my friends and colleagues, the PYO Collective, who spent time and resources to write the chapters of this book in my honour.
I must here again thank Laolu Akande who has been very gratefully acknowledged by the master of ceremonies, for so ably coordinating the work of the PYO Collective and keeping me informed on what was going on. I’m very grateful to you Laolu!
I must especially thank my dear sister and friend Chimamanda Adichie for those wise words, and your gracious and kind comments.
What a journey the past 8years have been!
And I am deeply grateful to my team of Advisers, and Assistants and the strong Civil Service team that supported me these many years.
Public service for all of us who love this nation and its people unconditionally only terminates when we die. Our country deserves our commitment and service. And I commend you all, compatriots in the public service, especially those who are not public servants, social activists/third sector activists as you are sometimes called, for your steadfastness through the years.
As we march on towards a new Nigeria, while there might be a lot to depress us, we must not give up. So, I would want us to leave this event with a paraphrase of what Chimamanda said a few moments ago “we who love this country must not give up because love is persistent.”
So, on behalf of Dolly my dear wife, my family, and the OVP team, I thank you all, and I dedicate this book to the people of our country to whom we always owe the duty and responsibility of selfless service.
Thank you all very much and God bless you.