Osinbajo departs for Liberia to attend bicentennial anniversary

Osinbajo departs for Liberia to attend bicentennial anniversary

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo departs Abuja on Monday, February 14, for Monrovia, to represent President Muhammadu Buhari at the inauguration of the year-long commemoration of the Liberia’s bicentennial anniversary.

Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice-President, made the declaration in a statement in Abuja.

He stated that Osinbajo would join other leaders across Africa and beyond to grace the event scheduled to hold at the Samuel Doe Stadium in Monrovia.

Osinbajo will attend other events in Monrovia as part of the Liberian national celebrations.

Liberia was founded in 1822 when freed black slaves started relocating to West Africa from the United States of America.

On July 26, 1847, the country proclaimed its independence and also became the Republic of Liberia.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Amb. Zubairu Dada and Special Adviser to the President on Economic Matters, Amb. Adeyemi Dipeolu, are on Osinbajo’s entourage.

They are expected back in Nigeria on Feb. 15.

Meanwhile, the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom on Saturday, February 12, slammed the Nigerian Air Force personnel attached to the tactical air command in Makurdi who prevented him from welcoming Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to Benue State.

The Vice President was in transit through Benue to Wukari in Taraba State.

Addressing journalists at the Government House in Makurdi, Ortom said organs of government should avoid conflating official duties with politics.

He said he had been formally invited to welcome the Vice-President.

The Governor also called for disciplinary actions against the air force personnel in what he described as an embarrassment to his office.

“I don’t want to be someone who is a busybody,” Mr Ortom said, also holding a letter from the State House formally requesting him to receive the Vice President.

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“I have too many things to do. As I talk to you, the entire Gwer-West is under siege. The Fulani have come and are burning down houses. I was supposed to go there; but I had to shift everything to receive the Vice President. I feel so pained that politics has been taken beyond what it is supposed to be.

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