‘Building the Future Forum’ organises leadership lecture series in honour of Osinbajo at 64

Ø  President describes him as ‘a reliable, dedicated Deputy’

In commemoration of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s 64th birthday, precisely today, Monday, a pan-Nigerian coalition, under the auspices of Building the Future Forum, (BTFF), has put together a lecture series in honour of the nation’s second citizen.

The coalition made the disclosure in an issued statement yesterday, in Abuja.

The public lecture, to be delivered by the CEO of Financial Derivatives Company Ltd, Mr. Bismarck Rewane, at the NAF Conference Centre in Abuja and via Zoom and other on-line platforms, has as its theme: “Building the Future of Nigeria through Enterprise and Innovation”.

According to the organisers, beyond honouring Osinbajo for his sterling leadership qualities, the event is expected to galvanise interest among the younger generation for them to realise their role as the primary drivers of national progress through their entrepreneurial and innovative powers.

The statement, signed by two of the conveners, Alh. Mohammed Abdullahi and US-based Dr. Grace Ugochukwu, emphasised the forum’s apolitical stand and its conviction that Nigeria is not irredeemable despite its numerous challenges, It added that exemplary performers and actors within both the public service and civil society can be galvanised to serve as agents of change, working in the interest of future generations of Nigerians.

The Group equally noted that in an age in which Nigeria should come to terms with the prospect of a post-oil future and the necessity of economic diversification, the lecture will address the imperatives of enterprise and innovation as the historic mission of one of the most dynamic young populations in the world.

“It will explore pathways for a new generation of entrepreneurs, innovators and visionaries to realize their potential and in so doing, write a fresh chapter of their nation’s progress”, they stated.

According to the BTFF, few things better exemplify the immense possibilities more emphatically than the quiet but effective patriotic passion, loyalty and focus demonstrated by Prof. Osinbajo under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari; hence, the decision to initiate the BTFF lecture series with a lecture in his honour on his 64th birthday.

They also disclosed that with due regard to current rules aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19, a limited number of invitations were issued to various establishments and media houses while arrangements have been concluded for Nigerians within and outside the country to join participants via Zoom and other online channels.

In his contribution, President Muhammadu Buhari has described Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as “a reliable and dedicated deputy who is not only admirably competent, but also exudes confidence and passion in the performance of his job.”

In a message to celebrate the vice-president on his 64th birthday yesterday, the Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity), Garba Shehu, President Buhari said “I’m proud to have selected Osinbajo as my running mate and he has given a good account of himself since our journey began in 2015.”

According to the President, “the vice-president is a cool-headed gentleman who puts the interest of Nigeria above other narrow considerations” and also noted that “Osinbajo is an incredibly patient politician who demonstrates remarkable intellectual and mental energy in the discharge of his duties”.

He wished him many more prosperous years and Almighty God’s continued guidance.

LibertyTV would cover the event live, from 10 a.m.

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