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“I did not and I had never met Bola Tinubu before I was appointed commissioner” – Acting President Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, on Saturday, while speaking at the Lagos at 50 anniversary gala nite, said that he had not met former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu, when he was appointed as the Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice of Lagos State in 1999.

Osinbajo worked as a commissioner between 1999 and 2007 when Tinubu served as Lagos State Governor.

The Acting President described Lagos State as the foremost migrant community in Nigeria. He also noted that the quest to evolve a greater and more prosperous Nigeria laid in the prosperity of Lagos.

“I did not and I had never met Bola Tinubu before I was appointed commissioner and that says a lot about the kind of individual that he is.

“This is the kind of thinking that makes nations great; that is the kind of thinking that would make Nigeria great.

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, Former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu and Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, Former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu and Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode

“A type of thinking that considers all of our diverse talents; a kind of thinking that does not allow parochialism; a kind of thinking that does not allow us to say anywhere belongs to only a set of people. That is when our country would be truly great.

“This Lagos is going to be a leader; it would be a leader in expressing the world’s view that the black man is capable of governing not just himself but in leading the world,” Osinbajo said.

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He noted that the contribution of Lagos State to the country’s economy could not be overemphasized. He pointed a recent statistics by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), the Lagos accounts for 912 of 914 individual businessmen who paid self-assessed tax of over N10million.

He also commended the efforts and developmental achievements of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

“Everyday that we see the giant strides that Akinwunmi Ambode is making here in Lagos; everyday that we watch television and see the new vistas that he is opening up, it is evident of the fact that surely in this Lagos State lies the seed of the great Nigeria of our dreams,” Osinbajo said.

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