The Osinbajo for President Media Council has said that it uncovered “a fraudulent plan” to malign the reputation of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.
According to a statement by the media council, the plot was traced to a cell of smear campaigners, led by a US-based Nigerian who is formerly a students’ union president at the University of Lagos.
The media council said the individual is currently a lecturer at the University of Ohio, USA.
“The plan is to use fake audio of faceless individuals with fictitious names to cast the Vice President, who is a Christian, as a religious fanatic, who discriminated against staff of other faith while he was Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Lagos State during the tenure of former Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“In the fake video, a woman is seen crying and making frantic allegations that she was discriminated against by the then Attorney-General, because she was not allowed to wear the Muslim head cover for women, otherwise known as the hijab, to work.
“As observed by someone who was in the same Ministry at the time Osinbajo served as Attorney-General, no such incident ever occurred and this is just a malicious and wicked attempt to sully the sterling qualities of Prof. Osinbajo because of his Presidential aspirations.
“Indeed as Attorney-General, Prof Osinbajo’s Secretary, a Muslim, Alhaji Abdul Gafar Bakare had testified before now that the then Lagos AGF ‘did not only encourage me to further my education even at my relatively old age, he personally sponsored my BSc Accounting Program’.
“It would be recalled that similar smear campaigns was unleashed against President Muhammadu Buhari, especially during the 2014-15 Presidential campaigns, when it was alleged that he was virulently anti-Christian. The attempt however met with failure,” the media council disclosed
It also said Osinbajo had “always demonstrated himself to be a tolerant Nigerian who believes in the inter-faith harmony and Freedom of Worship as enshrined in the Nigerian 1989 Constitution as amended”.
“During his career as a university teacher, he taught Moslems and Christians alike in a convivial atmosphere. He also had excellent working and private relationships with Muslim bosses over the decades, including Judge Bola Ajibola, Former Governor Tinubu and President Muhammadu Buhari,” it said.
“Osinbajo remains a firm believer in Nigeria’s diversity and ardent proponent of Nigerian unity.
“For these reasons, the Media Council feels the need to alert the general public to the odious campaign strategy of Osinbajo detractors and urge everyone to ignore same when released to the public.”
On Wednesday, however, the office of the Vice-President released a video showing Muslim appointees who work with Osinbajo.
The video was released in the wake of accusation of bigotry against Osinbajo.