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Yemi Osinbajo




THE running mate of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, was born in Lagos on March 8, 1957.

A Professor of Law and a Senior Partner at a law firm, Osinbajo is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).

He attended Corona School between 1969 and 1975 and Igbobi College Yaba for his primary and secondary education.

Between 1975 and 1978, attended the University of Lagos, where he was awarded a Bachelor of Laws degree in the Second Class, Upper Degree and received the Graham-Douglas Prize for Commercial Law.

In 1979, he undertook the mandatory training at the Nigerian Law School prior to being admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor of Nigeria’s Supreme Court.

While at the Law School, he interned with the law firm of Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

In 1980, he attended the London School of Economics, where he obtained his Master of Laws.
From late 1979 to 1980, he did his national service with the Bendel Development and Planning Authority (BDPA) as a legal officer.

In 1981, he became a lecturer at the University of Lagos until 1988, when he was appointed as Special Adviser to then Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice (Legal Advice and Litigation), Prince Bola Ajibola till 1991.

He was an Adviser to the Attorney General of the Federation until 1992, when he went back to lecturing.

He became a Professor of Law in 1990 at the age of 33.

Thereafter, he established a law practice (Osinbajo, Kukoyi & Adokpaye) as a partnership, while concurrently as a Professor of Law and Head of Department of Public Law (1997–1999) at the University of Lagos.

In 1999, he was appointed a member and secretary of a Think Tank and Transition Work Group that deliberated on strategies to transition from military rule to democratic government in Lagos State shortly after Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was elected as governor of the state.

Due to his reform-minded contributions to the justice sector, he was appointed into the cabinet after upon inauguration on May 29, 1999.

He was thereafter appointed as the Attorney General and Commissioner.

Osinbajo held this position for eight years until the end of his tenure in 2007.

In June 2007, he became Senior Partner at the law firm of SimmonsCooper Partners.

Osinbajo has served on the United Nations (UN) Secretary General’s Committee of Experts on Conduct and Discipline of UN Peacekeeping Personnel (2006); UN Operations in Somalia; Staff Member, Justice Division, UNOSOM II (1997–1999).

He is also the chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of Redeemer’s University and a solicitor to the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi on the suits against Jonathan.

After the formation of APC in 2013, Osinbajo was tasked, along with other notable Nigerians, to design and produce a manifesto for the new political party, culminating in the presentation of the “Roadmap to a New Nigeria,” a document published by APC as its manifesto, if elected.

Highlights of the Roadmap included a free schools meal plan, a conditional cash transfer to the 25 million poorest Nigerians if they enroll children in school and immunise them, as well as a number of programmes designed to create economic opportunities for Nigeria’s massive youth population.

On December 17, last year, Buhari announced Osinbajo as his running mate and vice-presidential candidate in today’s election.

Osinbajo is married to Oludolapo, a granddaughter of Awolowo, and they are blessed with children.

He is a Senior Pastor and Motivational Speaker at the Olive Tree House of Prayer for All Nations on Banana Island, a parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).

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