Sowore’s re-arrest is reason I rejected Soyinka Centre award – Osinbajo

VP Yemi Osinbajo

VP Yemi Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has frowned at the re-arrest of Omoyele Sowore, the convener of #RevolutionNow and for this reason has rejected an award from the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism.

The Vice President who was a keynote speaker in the United Arab Emirates explained why he refused to accept the award for his achievements in the justice system of Nigeria.

In a statement by his spokesman, Laolu Akande, the Vice President said in view of the developments on Friday in the Sowore case, “I think it would be insensitive and inappropriate to attend the ceremony.”

Osinbajo then went on to thank the organizers of the event for considering him for an award.

“I am extremely grateful for the recognition and award of the “Integrity Specialty of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism’s Anti-corruption Defender Award of 2019” to me.

“The award, I note, is for our Justice reform efforts in Lagos State. I had accepted the award with pride on behalf of the excellent Justice Sector team we had.

“However, two reasons explain my absence. First is that I am currently in Abu Dhabi for an international meeting under the auspices of the government of the UAE where I am the keynote speaker.

“Second, in view of the developments on Friday in the Sowore case, I think it would be insensitive and inappropriate to attend the ceremony.

“Please accept my heartfelt apologies and extend the same to the other members of the organizing team. God bless you,” the statement read.

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  • Is good to be diplomatic as you are . In Summary he didn’t like what happened about Sowore court dispute. But is good to call a spade a spade about this bad government.

  • The Vice President has earn so many awards, he's professor in law and in all he's a pastor in one of the biggest churches in Nigeria, and he a own church,
    Omo Oko ! o ka re, Omo 'luabi, he can't receive that kind of award,
    Vice Presdent Yemi Osinbajo SAN, Professor in law, the Ijebu born professor has respect for everybody,
    The issue of Sowore is not a problem for him, he will bring all parties involved together, it will be treated in legal manner, silent action vice president, unlike some noisy SAN'S like Femi Falana, he saw liars in President Buhari led administration, you Femi Falana you lied couple of weeks ago that President Buhari was planning third term agenda, you are not a lawyer but a liar, Chief Alao Aka Bashorun your late boss was a good lawyer, blessed memory of Chief Aka Bashorun and Chief Gani Fawehinmi,
    Femi Falana go to your home state to practice your law, you can only be good at the rural areas not urban areas,, anytime you go to Abuja you cause trouble, how many cases do you have in court now, there some good lawyers in Nigeria, they don't make noise, Tayo Oyetibo SAN, THOSE ARE DECENT AND SILENT ACTIVIST, FESTUS KEYAMO, and you believe when you make noise you will get fair judgement, No! it does not go that way.

    • Oloye oloko who are you to castigate Falana,you are looking for cheap popularity abi,I don't know when you guys will stop this petty politics and rise above primordial is sentiment even a fool know that what happened to Sowore was a national disgrace. My brother you know what happened to boxer in the book Animal farm,Mr comrade Napoleon is always right he end up being sold to butcher .

  • All these Nigerian awards have lost their values. The wrong people usually present the awards to the wrongest of receivers, as if trying to court attention or redeem the images of the lackcklustre fellows. The award is for your "Justice reform efforts in Lagos State", but you frowned at it in support of whom you indirectly persecuted. Well, your report card is there to remember in the near future.