Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Osinbajo endorses pro-Buhari group, #Webelieve


Ibrahim Ramalan
Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday, endorsed pro-democracy group, #Webelieve, which has since declared its support for the re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari in the forthcoming presidential election.

Maryam Shettima
Maryam Shettima

Mr Osinbajo made the endorsement on Thursday when over 600 members of the group led by the convener, Maryam Shettima, paid him a courtesy call at the presidential villa in Abuja.

Mr Osinbajo, who was overjoyed by the group’s initiative, admitted that #Hebelieves too.

However, while commending the group for their courage, the vice-president charged them to guard their conscience, saying that honesty and transparency are the best attributes in leadership.

Responding, Maryam Shettima, who is a popular pro-democracy activist and rising politician, commended the government on its fight against corruption.

According to her, #Webelieve philosophy is purely based on patriotism.

She said: “Our decision to walk rather than drive to meet you is a very symbolic one, Your Excellency. Throughout history, from the streets of Alabama in Mississippi and Selma, all in the United States to those of Soweto in South Africa and Lagos in Nigeria, civil rights, anti-apartheid and pro-democracy activists have matched and those walks changed the world forever.

“We walked to you armed with our convictions in your commitment, faith in your honesty and believe that when you eventually take us to the next level, a truly new Nigeria would have emerged.”

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that before meeting with the vice-president, the group held a solidarity procession for President Buhari from the Unity Fountain to the Eagle Square in the nation’s capital


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