Serious Questions Arise As Nigerian VP Yemi Osinbajo Releases Intimidating CV In Wake Of Presidential Ambition Declaration.
Following his recent official declaration of intent to run for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the forthcoming 2023 General Elections, Nigerian Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo has allegedly released his resume online to prove that he is well qualified for the position.
In a move that has since divided the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) into different factions for and against his ambition, Prof. Osinbajo has followed up his declaration by making his pretty impressive resume public recently.
His audacious moves have raised a few questions that we would like to share with everyone here before we look at the Vice President’s CV.
(1) Why has almost none of these vast and laudable qualifications, experience, and capabilities of Prof. Osinbajo been put to good use for the betterment of Nigeria since this administration came into power 7 years ago?
(2) With a hugely unqualified President, wouldn’t it have been much better for Mr. President to have had his VP coordinating all these sectors of the economy that he is so adept at?
(3) Even with this mind-blowing CV, do you think Prof. Osinbajo has done well enough with the opportunities given to him as the Vice President of Nigeria?
(4) Does Prof. Osinbajo deserve a chance to become the President of Nigeria, or do you think he is just another useful idiot for the “Cabal” that would only be doing “follow, follow” and be another puppet leader?
Our dear nation has come too far, suffered way too much, and we’ve waited too long for good governance. We cannot afford to get it wrong again in the elections next year.
These questions, and more, may help us get some much-needed clarifications and direction as to whether Nigeria has found the right candidate in Prof. Yemi Osinbajo or we should keep searching.
Please see the Vice President’s resume below, and don’t forget to share your thoughts on this with us in the comments section as well.
Name: Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN
Other Names: Oluyemi Oluleke,
Date of Birth: 8th March 1957,
Place of Birth: Creek Hospital, Lagos,
Home Address: Lagos, Nigeria.
Marital Status: Married.
London School of Economics & Political Science, Master of Laws – 1980
Nigerian Law School – 1979
Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria
Winner of Graham-Douglas Prize for Commercial Law
The University of Lagos, 1975-78, LLB, Second Class Upper
Winner State Merit Award
Igbobi College Yaba – 1969-75
School Prize for English Oratory, 1971, 1972 Adeoba Prize for English Oratory 1972-1975
Elias Prize for Best Performance in History (WASC) – 1973
School Prize for Literature (HSC), 1975
African Statesman Intercollegiate Best Speaker’s Prize, 1974.
Simmons Cooper Partners (Barristers and Solicitors), Senior Partner, 2007 till date
The University of Lagos, Professor of Law, Department of Public Law, Faculty of Law, 2007 to 2013
Lagos State Ministry of Justice, Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice
Member of Cabinet, Lagos State, 1999 to May 2007
United Nations Secretary General’s Committee of Experts on Conduct and Discipline of UN Peacekeeping Personnel around the globe, Member (2006)
United Nations Operations in Somalia, Staff Member, Justice Division, UNOSOM II
Law Firm of Osinbajo, Kukoyi & Adokpaye, Partner
The University of Lagos, Professor of Law and Head of Department of Public Law (1997-1999)
Federal Government of Nigeria, Special Adviser to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, (legal advice and litigation), 1988-1992
The University of Lagos, Senior Lecturer I (1983-86), Lecturer II (1981-1983),
Bendel Development and Planning Authority, Legal Officer (Youth Service),1979-1980
International Criminal Court, Counsel, 2012 Citibank (Nigeria), Independent Director, appointed in 2008
Senior Advocate of Nigeria, 2002
African Development Bank, Ethics Adviser, Advisory Board
Asset and Resource Management Company Limited (ARM), Board Member, 2011
Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria, Consultant, analysis of Legislation on Universal Basic Education, 2010
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Assessing the Efficiency and Impact of African Anti-Corruption Commissions, Consultant, 2009
International Bar Association, delegation to South Africa to consider the issue of the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law, Member, 2008
Board of Studies of the Council for Legal Education, Member, 2003-2007
Body of Benchers, Member, 1999-2007
Council of Legal Education, Member,1997-2007
International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda Arusha on the training of Prosecutors, Consultant (2004)
Revision and Publication of Laws of Lagos State, Coordinator, 2003
Human Rights Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association, Member (1999)
Ministerial Committee for Review of Minerals Laws and Regulations, Member, (1996)
ECOWAS, Eminent person group for the Harmonisation of the Commercial Laws of ECOWAS States, Member (1996)
National Committee on the Review of Solid Mineral Laws, Member, 1996
Expert advisory team to Ethiopia to advise parliament on Legal aspects of Democratisation, Member (1992)
National Committee on the Reform and Unification of the Nigerian Criminal Laws and Procedure Codes, Member, 1988-1991
National Committee on Prison Reform, Member, 1991
Compilation and Editorial Committee of Nigeria’s Treaties in Force (1970-1990) (Published in 10 volumes) Coordinator, 1991
United Nations African Institute for Crime Prevention (UNAFRI), Consultant, (1991)
Delegation to the Meeting of Senior Officials of Commonwealth Law Ministries, Singapore, Leader, (1990)
Task Force on the Revision of the Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, Member, 1990
Commonwealth Ad-Hoc Working Committee on the Protection of Cultural Property, Member, (1990)
Senate of Lagos State University, Member
Senate of the University of Lagos, Member
Convention on Business Integrity, Co-founder & Chairman, Justice Research Institute Ltd. Get., Board Member, THE ORDERLY SOCIETY TRUST, Executive Director Negotiation, and Conflict Management International Board Member, United Nations Development Programme/United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations/Training Programmes in Negotiating International Commercial/Financial Agreements for Senior Government and Private Sector Officials; and Providing An Enabling Environment for Foreign Investment in Nigeria, Coordinator
United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations/United Nations Development Programme, Consultant
Commonwealth Working Party on the Commonwealth Advisory Service on Arbitration, Member
Nigerian Delegation to Negotiation of ECOWAS Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties, Gambia, Leader
Governing Board of Legal Research and Resource Development Centre (LRRDC), Member
Governing Board of Empowerment and Action Research Centre (EMPARC), Member
International Bar Association, Member
Justice Committee of the Transitional Work Groups of the Governor-Elect Lagos State, Secretary
British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Member.
Membership in Editorial Boards of Learned
Editorial Advisory Board of the Appellate Review-Journal (Published by The Emmanuel Ayoola Foundation)
Gravitas Review of Business and Property Law
Nigerian Supreme Court Cases – DSC Publications (Published in 35 volumes)
Justice (Journal of Contemporary Legal Problems)
Contemporary Law Journal, (Faculty of Law, UNILAG)
All Nigeria Law Reports (Published in 31 volumes)
LASU Law Journal, Lawyers Bi-Annual, Journal of Finance and Investment Law
National Correspondent Bulletin of Legal Developments, Editorial Director Justice Now legal newspaper.
Membership of Editorial Boards of Non-Legal Publications:
Member, Editorial Advisory Board of the News/Tempo, Editor/Consultant, Human Dignity (Journal of the Human Rights Club), Member, Editorial Board of Scrutiny (Advocacy Bulletin of Integrity)
CHAPTERS CONTRIBUTED TO BOOKS:
The Common Law, The Evidence Act and The Interpretation of Section 5(a) in Essays in Honour of Judge Elias (1986) (J.A. Omotola, ed) pgs. 165-18;
Some Reforms in The Nigerian Law of Evidence Chapter in Law and Development (1986), (J.A. Omotola and A.A. Adeogun eds.) pgs. 282-311;
Rules of Evidence in Criminal Trials in the Nigerian Special Military Tribunals Chapter 2 in Essays on Nigerian Law, Vol … 1, Pgs. 28-42. (J.A. Omotola ed),
Some Public Law Considerations in Environmental Protection. Chapter in “Environmental Laws in Nigeria”, (J.A. Omotola ed.) 1990 pgs 128-149,
Domestic and International Protection for Women: “Landmarks on the Journey so Far” in Women and Children under Nigerian Law”. (Awa U. Kalu & Yemi Osinbajo eds.) 1990. pgs. 231-241
Some Problems of Proof of Bank Frauds and Other Financial Malpractices in Bank Frauds and Other Financial Malpractices in Nigeria (Awa Kalu ed.)
Modalities For The Implementation of The Transition Provisions in The New Constitution in Law Development and Administration, (Yemi Osinbajo & Awa Kalu eds.) FMJL Review Series, (1990).
Legal and Institutional Framework For The Eradication of Drug Trafficking in Nigeria – Narcotics: Laws and Policy in Nigeria (Awa Kalu & Yemi Osinbajo eds.) FMJL Review Series, 1990
Proof of Customary Law in non-customary Courts, – Towards a Restatement of Nigerian Customary Laws, (Osinbajo & Awa Kalu eds.) 1991,
External Debt Management: Case Study of Nigeria – International Finance and External Debt Management, UNDP/UNCTC, 1991,
Judicial and Quasi-judicial Processing of Economic and organized Crimes: Experiences, Problems, etc. Essays in Honour of Judge Bola Ajibola, (Prof. C.O. Okonkwo ed.) 1992,
Human Rights, Economic Development and the Corruption Factor in Human Rights and the Rule of Law and Development in Africa (Paul T. Zeleza et al eds) 2004.
ARTICLES PUBLISHED IN LEARNED JOURNALS:
Legitimacy and Illegitimacy under Nigerian Law Nig. J. Contemp. Law. (1984-87) pgs. 30-45
Unraveling Evidence of Spouses in Nigeria, Legal Practitioners Review Vol. 1 No. 2 1987 pgs. 23-28
Can States Legislate on Rules of Evidence? Nigerian Current Law Review 1985 pgs. 234-242
Problems of Proof in Declaration of Title to Land, Journal of Private and Property Law Vol. 6 & 7, October 1986, pgs. 47-68
Interpretation of Section 131(a) of the Evidence Act. Journal of Private and Property Law Vol. 6 & 7 (1986), pgs. 118-122
Review of Some Decrees of the Structural Adjustment Era (Part 1, 2, 3), (1989) 2 GRBPL No. 2 (Gravitas Review of Business and Property Law) pgs.60-63, (1989) 2 GRBPL No. 3 (Gravitas Review of Business and Property Law) pgs. 51-55, (1989) 2 GRBPL No. 4 (Gravitas Review of Business and Property Law)
Current Issues in Transnational Lending and Debt Restructuring Agreements part 1 and 2
Autonomy, Academic Freedom and the Laws Establishing Universities in Nigeria (1990) Jus. Vol. 1 No. 2, pgs. 53-64
Admissibility of Computer-Generated Evidence. (1990) Jus. Vol. 1 No. 1 pgs. 9-12
Allegations of Crime in Civil Proceedings, U.I. Law Review 1987
Roles, Duties, and Liabilities of Collateral Participants and Professional Advisers in Unit Trust Schemes (1991) Jus. Vol. 1 No. 7 pgs. 71-83
Reform of the Criminal Law of Evidence in Nigeria (1991) Jus. 2 No. 4 Pgs. 71-98
Profit and Loss Sharing Banks – (1990) Jus. Vol. 2 No. 8, Juvenile Justice Administration in Nigeria.
A Review of the Beijing Rules. (1991) Jus. Vol. 2 No. 6. Pgs. 65-73
Sovereign Immunity in International Commercial Arbitration – The Nigerian Experience and emerging state practice- In African Journal of International and Comparative Law, 4 RADIC 1992, pages 1-25,
Human Rights and Economic Development in The International Lawyer. 1994, Vol. 28, No. 3 pgs. 727-742
Legality in a Collapsed State: The Somalia Experience 45 ICLQ 1996, pgs. 910-924.
Integration of the African Continent Through Law” (Edward Foakes Publishers, 1989, vol. 7, Federal Ministry of Justice Law Review Series)
Towards A Better Administration of Justice System in Nigeria” (Edward Foakes Publishers, 1989)
Women and Children Under Nigerian Law with (Awa Kalu Co. Ed.) FMJL Review Series
The Unification and Reform of the Nigerian Criminal Law and Procedure Codes with (Awa Kalu Co. Ed.) – (Malthouse Press), 1990, FMJL Review Series
Law Development and Administration (Malthouse Press), 1990
Narcotics: Law and Policy in Nigeria, FMJL Review Series 1990
Nigerian Media Law, with (Prof. PK Fogam) GRAVITAS Publishers 1991
Perspectives on Human Rights in Nigeria with (Awa Kalu, Co.Ed) FMJL Review Series 1991
Democracy and the Law, FMJL Review Series, 1991
Perspectives on Corruption in Nigeria, FMJL Review Series 1992
Cases and Materials on Nigerian Law of Evidence, Macmillan, 1996
The Citizens Report Card on Local Governments (with Omayeli Omatsola) 1998
Economic, Social and Cultural Rights – A training Agenda for Nigeria (with Bankole Olubamise and Yinka Balogun,) Legal Research and Resource Development Centre, 1998
Annotated Rules of the Superior Courts of Nigeria (with Ade Ipaye) Lexis-Nexis Butterworths 2004
Cross-Examination: A Trial Lawyer’s Most Potent Weapon (with Fola-Arthur Worry) Lexis-Nexis Butterworths 2006
Problems and Prospects of Development Control 2004
Elections and Electoral Malpractices in Nigeria 2009
The Imperative of Electoral Reforms – A Critical Element of Constitutional Re-engineering of Nigeria 2009
Strengthening The Code Of Conduct Bureau 2009
Building Ethical Institutions: The Experience Of The Lagos State Judiciary 2009
The State Of Criminal Justice In Nigeria: Challenges And Opportunities 2009
Transparency And Ethical Considerations In The Development Of The Nigerian Economy 2009
The Responsibility Of Privilege 2010
Reforming Civil Procedure Rules: The Lagos State Experience 2010
Understanding How The Legal Process Works In Business 2010
The Modern Justice Delivery Technique 2010
Challenges Of Enforcement Of Securities In Nigeria 2010
Political Institutions And Electoral Integrity 2010
Development and Policy Use of Criminal Justice Information and Statistics 2010
The Retreat of the Legal Process 2011
The Rule of Law: The Foundations are Shaking 2011
Structuring Criminal Justice Administration In A Federal State: Priorities For Nigeria 2011
Regulatory Framework for Curbing Internet Crimes and Money Laundering 2014
Leadership and Legacy: The Power of One 2014
Repositioning Nigerian Universities For The 21st Century: Paradigms For Innovation And Change 2014
Delays In Justice Administration: Beyond The Rules And The Law 2014
Towards A More Transparent And Merit‐Based Judicial Recruitment System In States Judicial Service Commissions 2014
The Rule of Law and National Development 2014
Lagos State Government An award in recognition of invaluable 09/Sept/1999 contribution as member, Justice Committee of Lagos Transition Work Group
Lagos State Government An award in recognition of invaluable 09/Sept/1999 contribution as MEMBER, the policy committee of Lagos Transition Work Group
Nigerian Bar Association Merit Award for outstanding
Ikeja Branch contributions to the Bench and Bar and 15/June/2001 commitment to the rule of law in Lagos
Lagos State Judiciary Award for the invaluable support
06/Dec/2003 towards the upliftment and growth of administration of justice in Lagos State Judiciary
Nigerian Bar Association Outstanding Practitioner award in 2004 recognition of Prof. Yemi Osinbajo
(SAN)’s contribution to the legal profession and the Nigerian Bar Association
Magistrates Association of Nigeria Award of excellence in recognition of 09/Dec/2005 meritorious and selfless service to magistracy and humanity
Lagos State House of Assembly Outstanding performance award
28/April/2005 (The House Committee on Judiciary
Human Rights and Public Petition)
Nigeria Bar Association Award of honor in appreciation of an Ikeja Branch’s immense contribution to the
26/May/2006 development of constitutionalism in Nigeria
Thisday Newspaper Nomination as Legal Practitioner of the year 2006
Lagos State Ministry of Justice An Award in recognition of an April 2007 eight-year tenure of resourceful motivational and revolutionary leadership of the Justice sector in Lagos state
Nigerian Leadership Initiative Award for exemplary leadership in July 2007 government
Committee for the Distinguished Mediators Award
Defense of Human Rights in recognition of selfless commitment
20/Sept/2010 to peace and development
Lagos State Government Emeritus Ambassador for the
Ministry of Environment Environment
Lagos State Government An Award in recognition of an outstanding 2010 contribution to the development of the Justice Sector of Lagos State
Nigerian Lawyers Association Law and Justice Award. In recognition of December 2011 an exceptional and remarkable service in the academia and the public sector, dedication to advocating for and implementing Judicial Reform in Nigeria.
The Lagos State Judiciary and An Award in recognition of a meritorious
The Lagos State Multi-Door service on The Lagos Multi-door
Courthouse 2014 Courthouse Governing Council.