Valedictory FEC Session: What Osinbajo, ministers said about Buhari

Valedictory FEC Session: What Osinbajo, ministers said about Buhari

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and ministers on Wednesday spoke about their experiences working with President Muhammadu Buhari.

They all spoke during a valedictory session of the Federal Executive Council, which held inside the council chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Mr Osinbajo and the ministers were each given three minutes to speak on their experiences.

Below is what some of them said.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

I thank Almighty God for preserving our lives to serve our nation this past four years. I will like to thank Mr President for the opportunity to serve as your vice president and your running mate, twice. My deepest gratitude comes from the great trust that you reposed in me at all times.

I will never forget when you were going on medical leave in May 2017, and you said to me that you would not fault my discretion as Acting President in any way. In keeping with your character and style, you kept your words.

Mr President, many know of your integrity, discipline and capacity for hard work but many will not know just how humorous you are. I remember you, Mr President, telling me once that we should observe the cabinet members, who go out often during meetings, that they were going out to ”finish the coconut and peanuts.” And since then I have noted carefully all those who go out looking very serious, but Im sure they end up finishing the coconut and peanuts as Mr President said.

I want to use this opportunity to greet our cabinet colleagues. This has been an exceptionally patriotic and talented team. Everyone brought experience, knowledge, wisdom and selflessness to council deliberations at all times. I treasure the friendship that we have built with ourselves and among family members in the last four years. I pray that you will all go from glory to glory, that you will never fail or fall. As we all us depart from the council, I pray that the lord that has guided us this far will be our help in the years to come in Jesus name.

Just to mention for the records that I was elected chairman of the ‘association’ to which Dr Ngige referred, the one to which Adams Oshiomhole (APC chairman), (Chris Ngige and (Governor) El-Rufai are members, not because Im the Vice President but because Im the ‘tallest’ member

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama

Thank you for the opportunity despite the fact you didnt know me from Adam. But your leadership has been such that you treated everyone the same, whether you knew them before or not. Unless one was told, one would never know who you knew before.

Mr President, no one in the history of the country has held as much top leadership position as you have, so it is intimidating to be called upon to advise you on any matter. But you are humility personified.

I will recall a few very short anecdotes that highlight a few of your many qualities.

In Poland, you showed your humility when, after a long tiring day, you were kept waiting by the Deputy Prime Minister. I advised you to leave but you preferred to wait patiently, and you were proved right, it was a wonderful meeting.

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