Biography of Prof Yemi Osinbajo


Oluyemi Oluleke “Yemi” Osinbajo is a Nigerian politician and a lawyer, who is currently the Vice President of Nigeria; he has been in office since 29 of May 2015. He is also a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). A Professor of Law until his inauguration as Vice President, He is a Senior Partner with Simmons Cooper Partners, a commercial legal practice. 

About His family, marriage and personal life

SAN Yemi Osinbajo, GCON was born on the 8th of March 1957; into the family of Opeoluwa Osinbajo in Creek Hospital, Lagos. SAN Yemi Osinbajo is married to Dolapo (née Soyode) Osinbajo, a granddaughter of Obafemi Awolowo. Yemi and Dolapo have three children – two daughters, and a son and their names are Kiki, Kanyinsola and Fiyinfoluwa Osibanjo respectively. 

Yemi Osinbajo was educated at Corona primary School, in Lagos. He attended Igbobi College Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria between 1969 to 1975; it was there he won the State Merit Award  in 1971; the School Prize for English Oratory (1972); Adeoba Prize for English Oratory (1972-1975); Elias Prize for Best Performance in History (WASC, 1973); School Prize for Literature (HSC, 1975); and African Statesman Intercollegiate Best Speaker’s Prize (1974).

Between 1975 to1978 he studied for his undergraduate degree at the University of Lagos. Where he obtained a Second Class Upper Degree in Law, also he won the Graham-Douglas Prize for Commercial Law. In 1979, after completing the mandatory one-year professional training at the Nigerian Law School, he was admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor of Nigeria’s Supreme Court. In 1980, he obtained a Master of Laws degree in London School of Economics & Political Science. 

Legal career

Osinbajo served the compulsory one year youth service as a legal officer in Bendel Development and Planning Authority (BDPA), Bendel state from the year 1979 to 1980. 

In 1981, he was employed as a law lecturer at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. From 1983 to 1986, he was Senior lecturer of Law at the University of Lagos. From 1988 to 1992, he was an Adviser (legal advice and litigation) to the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Bola Ajibola and began lecturing at the age of 23.

Osinbajo was made Professor of Law and Head of Department of Public Law, University of Lagos from 1997 to 1999 and from 1999 to 2007; he was the Member of Cabinet, Lagos State Ministry of Justice, also Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice. From 2007 to 2013 Osinbajo was once again employed as a Professor of Law under the Department of Public Law, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos. He also in 2007 was made Senior Partner, Simmons Cooper Partners (Barristers and Solicitors), Nigeria. Osinbajo was also a Senior lecturer at the Lagos State University at that time. 

Other past roles include

Staff Member, United Nations Operations in Somalia, Justice Division, UNOSOM II.

Member, United Nations Secretary General’s Committee of Experts on Conduct and Discipline of UN, Peacekeeping Personnel around the globe, Member, 2006.

Partner in Law Firm of Osinbajo, Kukoyi & Adokpaye.

About his Pastoral career

Yemi Osinbajo was the Pastor in charge of the Lagos Province 48 (Olive Tree provincial headquarter) of The Reedeemed Christian Church of God. He however still insists that he remains the pastor-in-charge of the said province and he is only on loan to the Federal Government. In his words, “Just like Pastor Ibitayo has said we are on loan. I am still the pastor-in-charge of Province 48 in Lagos and my wife remains wife of the pastor-in-charge and wife of the Vice President.”

Political career

Yemi was tasked, with other notable Nigerians, to design and produce a manifesto for the new political party, after the formation of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2013. This culminated in the presentation of the “Roadmap to a New Nigeria”, a document published by APC as its manifesto if elected to power. A free schools meal plan, a conditional cash transfer to the 25 million poorest Nigerians if they enroll children in school and immunise them. All these were included in the highlights of the Roadmap. Also a number of programs designed to create economic opportunities for Nigeria’s massive youth population.

On 17th December 2014 Osinbajo was announced as the running mate and vice-presidential candidate to the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, retired General Muhammadu Buhari for the 2015 general elections.

On 31st March 2015 Osinbajo became the Vice President-elect of Nigeria as soon as Buhari was confirmed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the winner of the presidential elections. They were both sworn in on 29 May 2015. On 17 August 2017 VP Yemi Osibanjo described hate speech as a species of terrorism. 

Vice President

Seal of the Vice-President:

After taking the oath of office on 29 May 2015 at the Eagle Square, Abuja, Yemi Osinbajo assumed office as the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. As the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, he is expected to oversee the economic planning team and report, as well as make recommendations, to the president who takes the final decision. Because of his legal background and antecedents as a commissioner for justice in Lagos state for eight years, many expect that he will contribute a great deal to the much needed reform of the judicial system at the national level. During the 2014/2015 campaigns of the All progressives Congress, Yemi Osinbajo held numerous town hall meetings across the country as against the popular rallies that many Nigerians and their politicians were used to. One of his campaign promises, which he has recently reiterated, was the plan to feed a school child a meal per day. Beyond feeding the school children, he has recently emphasized that this plan will create jobs (another campaign promise) for those who will make it happen.

As Acting President

President Muhammadu Buhari wrote a written declaration on May 9 2017 to the president of the senate and house of representatives on his decision to embark on a medical trip, the letter was read on the 9 May 2017 at plenary of both houses, senate and house of representatives respectively. Vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo was conferred the acting president during president Buhari’s medical leave. 

On 7 August 2018, Osinbajo fired the State Security Service boss, Lawal Daura for illegal invasion of National Assembly by armed and masked operatives of the department. Daura has been replaced with Matthew Seiyefa 

Second Term As Vice President

Professor Yemi Osinbajo on May 29, 2019, took his oath of office at Eagle Square, Abuja.

Awards

Yemi Osinbajo, has received several awards, they include: 

  1. State Merit Award 1971
  2. The School Prize for English Oratory, 1972
  3. Adeoba Prize for English Oratory 1972–1975
  4. Elias Prize for Best Performance in History (WASC) 1975
  5. School Prize for Literature (HSC), 1975
  6. African Statesman Intercollegiate Best Speaker’s Prize, 1974
  7. President Goodluck Jonathan conferred on Osinbajo the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger on May 28, 2015

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