The critical appraisal of the Vice President, Yemi Osibanjo has always been a thing that Nigerians do often, some have considered him not doing enough while to others he is an epitome of loyalty and maturity. The Vice President has taken these criticisms in good faith.
Recently, the Vice President had felt vexed and defamed by the duo of Timi Frank and Katch Ononuju. Osibanjo who is a professor in lawyer swore to waive his immunity by the corner and deal with the people, after which we (Nigerians) do not know if he would go back and to pick his immunity where he waived it when he must have dealt with the duo, time would tell.
In his social media (Facebook) page, the Vice President said “In the past few days, a spate of reckless and malicious falsehoods have been peddled in the media against me by a group of malicious individuals.The defamatory and misleading assertions invented by this clique have been making the social media rounds anonymously.”
He added “I have today instructed the commencement of legal action against two individuals, one Timi Frank and another Katch Ononuju, who have put their names to these odious falsehoods.I will waive my constitutional immunity to enable the most robust adjudication of these claims of libel and malicious falsehood.”
Some Nigerians have criticized the Vice President on such a statement, saying that he shouldn’t be distracted over petty things that people say. Jonathan Goodluck was one of the most criticized, abused and insulted president in Nigerian history from Vice President to when he was the President yet he didn’t go dropping and picking his immunity.
In the words of Jimi Disu, a radio analyst at the Classic FM Lagos said “ he should have known better, he is a lawyer and professor for that matter, immunity is not what you keep and take, it is attached to the office of the Vice President not to Osibanjo as a person. So for him to drop immunity means that he is dropping his position as the Vice President.”
In the constitution of Nigeria, there is no provision of waiver of constitutional immunity. Lawyers across the federation and the country have wondered where the Vice President got that idea of waiver of immunity, some stated that he as a lawyer and a professor of Law should have known that immunity comes with office not the individual, maybe it is a new “technicalities” in the law.
The vice president has been asked by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the opposition party to resign his position if he really meant that he would waive his immunity to allow a thorough investigation of alleged corruption against him.
ANTHONY EMEKA NWOSU
“I have today instructed the commencement of legal action against two individuals, one Timi Frank and another Katch Ononuju, who have put their names to these odious falsehoods.I will waive my constitutional immunity to enable the most robust adjudication of these claims of libel and malicious falsehood.”