In Nigeria, politicians are big men and women who crisscross the planet on private jets while millions of people remain stuck in squalor and hopelessness.
The people hardly see them, except on television where they make promises that never come to pass.
No known politician knocks on doors to campaign. No political party sends people to knock on doors and explain their policies directly to the people.
And so, many were surprised on Tuesday when Vice President Yemi Osinbajo knocked on two doors to campaign.
In a statement sent to TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington DC, his spokesman Laulu Akande said Osinbajo visited two homes.
He knocked on the doors of Alhaji S.K Ahmed’s family in Nyanya and the Jimiko compound in Karu, located around Abuja, the Nigerian capital.
According to his spokesman, Osinbajo told both families that President Muhammadu Buhari’s honesty, integrity and performance in the past three years in office as evidenced in the ability of the administration to do more even when the country is earning less, set him apart from all other contenders for the exalted office.
“No sooner the VP’s coaster bus arrived in the communities than the people thronged out en-masse in both places, chanting praises of the President and singing party songs,” Akande said.
He added: “After meeting both families, Prof. Osinbajo addressed the mammoth crowd and spent time interacting with the excited people who thronged out in their numbers, often fascinated to see him unannounced in their neigborhoods”.
According to the Vice President “for the honest, decent and hardworking Nigerians, Mr President has devoted his life to ensuring that their lives are made better even when it is sometimes not easy to do so.
“All of us are going higher. I want you to believe that President Muhammadu Buhari is going to do even better. We have to create more jobs for all these young people. We have to give our market women credit so that they can do more business; our young people money so that they can do more business.”
Speaking on the President’s concern for the common man, Prof. Osinbajo said, “when he ask us to start the Trader Moni, he said, this is one way by which we can help people to start doing their own business.”
He said Nigeria’s future was brighter with President Buhari on the saddle, noting that no public funds would be stolen under his watch.
“So, I am here to say to you that the future of our country is great. All of you that are here, you are going to see a better Nigeria and that greater Nigeria can only come if the government is honest; If the government is not stealing our money.
“If the government is honest, it will build all the roads in Nigeria, for instance, like we are doing the Lagos-Kano rail and others, now. You can see that with little money we are doing much more because we will not agree to the stealing of our resources.
“We will go forward and we will move forward. It is a bit difficult now because we are building the foundation. When we came into office; We found no savings. Oil which was our biggest earnings, we had earned so much in four years but there was little to show for it. They didn’t build the railway, no roads. So, when we came we decided to first of all do the right thing,” he added.
Simon is a renowned international journalist, founder and publisher of TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington D.C.