Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo
said he had never met All Progressives Congress leader,
Bola Tinubu, when he was appointed a commissioner in Lagos State.
Osinbajo served as Attorney General and Commissioner
for Justice in Lagos State during Tinubu’s administration.
Osinbajo said: “I did not and I had never met Bola Tinubu
before I was appointed Commissioner and that says a lot about
the kind of individual that he is. This is the kind of thinking that makes nations great;
that is the kind of thinking that would make Nigeria great.
“A type of thinking that considers all of our diverse talents;
a kind of thinking that does not allow parochialism;
a kind of thinking that does not allow us to say anywhere belongs to only a set of people.
That is when our country would be truly great.”
Osinbajo said although he was sympathetic to the course of those craving for a Lagos
for only its indigene, but it was now evident that the momentum of history
could no longer hold down the elemental force of the State.
“This Lagos is going to be a leader; it would be a leader in expressing
the world’s view that the black man is capable of governing not just himself but in leading the world.”
Speaking at the Lagos@50 Anniversary Gala Nite held at the Lagos House, Ikeja,
on Saturday, Yemi Osinbajo also said the quest to evolve a greater and more prosperous
Nigeria lies in the prosperity of Lagos State, describing
the State the commercial capital accounting for
over 70 per cent of business in the country.
The Acting President alluded to a recent statistic released
by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to the effect
that Lagos accounts for 912 out of 914 individual businessmen
who pay self-assessed tax of over N10million, saying that the
strategic contribution of the State to the country’s
economy could not be over-emphasised.
Dignitaries at the event include, Governors of Ogun, Oyo, Gombe,
Ekiti, Imo and Edo states; first civilian Governor of Lagos,
Alhaji Lateef Jakande; former Governor of Lagos State,
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu;
former Military Governors of Lagos State – Brigadier-General Mobolaji Johnson (Rtd.),
Brigadier General Olagunsoye Oyinlola (Rtd.),
Brigadier General Buba Marwa (Rtd.), and Rear-Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu (Rtd.);
CEO of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote;
CEO of Forte Oil, Femi Otedola, Chief Olabode George,
Jimi Agbaje, among others.
Besides, the Acting President commended Governor Ambode
for his giant strides in the State, saying that the new vistas being opened in the State
by the Governor were capable of making Nigeria great.
“And every day that we see the giant strides that Akinwunmi Ambode
is making here in Lagos; everyday that we watch television and see the new vistas that he is opening up,
it is evident of the fact that surely in this Lagos State lies the seed of the great Nigeria of our dreams,”