Sen. Babafemi Ojudu, Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Political Affairs, has slammed reports that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was booed at a summit in Abuja today.
The report said “Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was booed and received unpleasant reaction from obviously angry youths who were participants at the 2017 emerging political leaders summit held, in Abuja, on Wednesday”.
Osinbajo was not present at the event. He was said to have been represented by Sen. Ojudu, his aide on political affairs.
In a telephone chat with newspeakonline, Sen, Ojudu explained that the report was wrong, unfair and misleading.
The report, said “The youths were obviously unhappy with Osinbajo’s defence of the political decisions in the country and other achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari barely three years in office”.
“The crowd’s reactions became more unfriendly when Ojudu insisted that Nigerians would be unfair to the Federal Government and themselves, if they said Nigeria was yet to record appreciable progress under President Buhari’s administration”.
But Sen. Ojudu told Newspeakonline that what transpired could not be described as booing. He said some people in the crowd simply voiced their disagreement with the point he made, when he stated that it would be unfair to say that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration had not achieved anything.
He also pointed out that he was not at the event to represent Vice President Osinbajo. He said he did not tell the audience that he was representing Osinbajo. His presence may have been misinterpreted as he is Buhari’s aide deployed to the Vice President’s office.
At the event, Ojudu encouraged the youths to quit social media criticisms, and rise to the challenge of participating deeply in politics in order to champion the much expected socio-economic and political change.