The Vice President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo, is an educated man. He’s a professor of law, a pastor and politician. And in a country where some men believe women belong in the kitchen and bedroom as amplified by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2016 when he told the world his wife, Aisha Buhari, belonged in the chicken and the “other room” and should stay away from politics, his statement on Sunday was bold.
Mr Osinbajo, who is a father and husband, spoke with journalists after a special Father’s Day service at the Aso Villa Chapel in Abuja, and emphasized that women should be honored and treated as equals because indeed they are equal to men.
“So, the responsibility of the father is incredible indeed. One of the most important things is to teach our young men growing up that they must honor women, not just their wives. Of course, you must honor and love your wife, but I think it is also very important that we honor women. We shouldn’t treat them as subordinates; they are not. They are created equal to men. But most importantly, we must honor them and recognize their roles as partners, not just in families, but in society as well,” he said, according to a statement sent to TODAY NEWS AFRICA USA in Washington DC by his sposkeman, Laolu Akande.
He added: “Fathers, as you know, have very important role to play in any human society or setting. I think it was (former US) President Barack Obama who said that it’s not the ability to father a child, or the ability to have a child that makes you a father, it is the courage to raise one.
Mr Osinbajo said “the responsibility of fatherhood is absolutely immense, whether one is a biological father to children or one who wants to take care of other children. All of us have a role to play, not just in the lives of our children, but so many others; those who have no fathers, even some who have fathers; to whom we have a responsibility to set examples to lead exemplary lives. And to bring them up, as the scriptures says, in the way of the Lord.
It was a big gathering of top Nigerian politicians. Present at the Father’s Day service at the Aso Villa Chapel were the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege; other senior government officials and private sector chieftains, including the President/Chief Executive Officer, Coscharis Group of Companies, Dr. Cosmas Maduka.
The VP diverted in politics, promising that power and infrastructure would improve under the Buhari administration, and there will be progress in the economy, security, and in the fight against corruption.