Yemi Osinbajo was asked, in what looked like a “townhall meeting”, about the “denationalisation of religion”, in terms of using government funds to sponsor pilgrimages.
Watch the video here:
The man was right about the unconstitutionality of insisting only indigenes should contest for political positions (the second part of the question). But he dropped the ball on the issue of using state funds to sponsor pilgrimages. He said he was providing his personal opinion that it was wrong and that the APC had not taken a position on the issue.
But the constitution is clear on the issue and we don’t need the APC to take a position. Their position is to uphold the constitution.
The Nigerian Constitution states:
“neither the Government of the Federation nor of a state shall adopt any religion as State Religion,” and “neither the legislative power nor the executive power may in any way be used to aid, advance, foster, promote or sponsor religion.”
Using government money to sponsor pilgrimages is unconstitutionnal. It is not a matter of personal opinion or your party taking a position.
The man is a professor of law, a Senor Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), and is clueless on this issue. This is how another SAN and governor of Lagos State Babatunde Fashola thought he had the right to “deport” fellow Nigerians.
I have said before that I could bet my last penny that Buhahari had not read the constitution. But this is not what you expect from a professor of law that has just been (s)elected vice president.