In a statement on Wednesday, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said certain actions of Nigeria’s vice president Yemi Osinbajo “casts doubt” on his Christian faith.
“Since the news of the cabal’s plan to pick a new running mate for Buhari ahead of the 2019 presidential election became public knowledge, Osinbajo has since shown a level of desperation that casts doubt publicly on his professed Christian faith,” the PDP said.
The party also accused Osinbajo, an ordained pastor, of attempting to “swindle votes” ahead of the 2019 elections, saying that his visit to the Abagana, Gbajimba and Anyii Internally Displaced Persons’ camps in Benue state was political.
“It is a political attempt at window dressing the already damaged image of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and an insult to the grieving people of Benue State,” the PDP said.
Are the attacks on Osinbajo’s faith fair game?
Those who say it is fair to call out Osinbajo on his faith point out that the VP is usually the first to tout his faith when politicking. During the 2015 elections, he peppered his speeches with bible quotes, sang Christian worship songs in some states, and sometimes started his speeches with “Praise the Lord!”
Less than a month after he was sworn-in, he attended a thanksgiving in his honor at the Redeemed Christian Church in Abuja, he said that he is “on loan to the federal government, and still a pastor.”
A Twitter user, @omodekunrin, said this week that while Buhari contested as a Muslim, not an authority on his faith, “VP Osinbajo contested with pastor as his major title even before the prof. If people of his faith see his representation as negation against their faith, he can be called out on that.”
There are others however who say it is shameful to “delegitimize” the vice president on the basis of his faith. A Twitter user, @BabajideFajodu, said, “You can call out Osinbajo, call him out on his capacity and deliverables promised. Call him out on insecurity and other issues. It’s your right. When you call him out based on his faith and his calling… then you yourself need to be called out.”
So where do you stand on the issue?