Onofiok Luke thanks Vice President Osibanjo for his role during #ENDSARS protest
Member representing Etinan/Nsit Ibom/Nsit Ubium Federal Constituency, Mr Onofiok Luke has commended Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo for the courage and honesty demonstrated in addressing issues in the wake of the nationwide Endsars protests.
Luke who was part of the delegation of the Young Parliamentarians Forum who paid a courtesy call on the Vice President at the Villa on Tuesday said, “we appreciate the messages you sent out to the youth during the protests. It doused tensions. You did the job of John the Baptist for the President ahead of his speech to the nation.”
“we want to thank you for the sincerity and transparency in the communication you sent out during the heat of the protest.” he added.
He also called for a bipartisan approach to addressing the demands and fallouts of the youth protests.
On his part, the leader of the delegation, Mr Kabiru Tukura, commended the Vice President for his sincere interaction with the youths over the years. He particularly poured encomium on him for the manner he handled his conversation with the people in the wake of the #EndSARS protests across the country. He called for improved and transparent interaction between youths and leaders at all levels. He also prayed that the Federal Government should find a quick resolution of the ASUU impasse so student can return to school and the the need to empower the youths to cushion the negative effect of thr Covid 19 pandemic.
In his response Vice President, Prof Osinbajo said that engagement with the Nigerian youths has to be transparent and honest in order to build a progressive society and nation. He recalled how they handled the Social Investment Programmes (SIPs). He said it was not done on the basis of sharing slots between public officials or political chieftains, but in a manner whereby Nigerians who knew no one could benefit and did benefit.
“It was not that one was being purist, but if young people can’t get the benefit except they know someone then we have failed the young people.”
“If people know they count, then they can trust us and they won’t destroy because they have a stake. Otherwise, people will never trust us,” Prof Osinbajo added.
He submitted that political leaders must make sacrifices in order to win the trust of the people.
Other members of the forum at the meeting included Hafiz Ibrahim Kawu, Tarauni Federal Constituency (Kano State); Kabiru Tukura, Zuru/Fakai/Sakaba/D/Wasagu Federal Constituency (Kebbi State); Saidu Musa Abdullahi, Bida/Gbako/Katcha Federal Constituency (Niger State); Taiwo Oluga, Ayedaade/Irewole/Isokan Federal Constituency (Osun State) and Shina Abiola-Peller, Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Kajola/Iwajowa Federal Constituency (Oyo State).
Etinan/Nsit Ibom/Nsit Ubium Federal Constituency