Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in his comment while fielding questions from journalists after the inauguration of President Maada Bio of Sierra Leone on Saturday said that the All Progressives Congress is a strong party that is committed to offering hope to the electorate.
“In politics, as you know, there will always be tension, but the party is strong and the leadership and membership of the party are committed to ensuring it remains strong and continues to offer hope to the people,” he reportedly said according to his aide, Mr. Laolu Akande.
“I think a lot of the issues will be resolved as we go along,” the VP added.
“This is the normal order of things; there will be disagreements, there will be those who may feel that they need certain preferences or certain things which may not have been done earlier on.
“I don’t think there is any major problem.”
He further stated that the inauguration of the new president of Sierra Leone was successful celebration of democracy. Adding that it signal hope for the people of Sierra Leone as President Maada Bio is a consummate technocrat.
“Bio was the one who handed power to a democratic government as a military leader.
“He also proved over time to be someone who thought over the problems of the country.
“And listening to him and having met with him for close to an hour, I think there is great opportunity and hope for the people of Sierra Leone and I think he is going to do a great job.”
Osinbajo noted that President Muhammadu Buhari who had sent him was very excited about the developments in Sierra Leone, adding that Buhari sent his congratulations.
“He (President Buhari) has asked me to convey his very best wishes to the new President and government and also to pledge our continued cooperation and collaboration with the government and people of Sierra Leone.”
Vice President Osinbajo further added that “one thing is for certain, Sierra Leone and Nigeria have a long history. Most recently, if you recall, Nigerian troops gave their lives here in Sierra Leone defending the territorial integrity of Sierra Leone, the people and the country.
“President Bio repeated this in my conversation with him, and said how grateful he was.
“We have maintained very good relationship; I believe that relationship will continue.”