The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, explained two reasons why he was absent in the 2019 anti-corruption defense award by Professor Wole Soyinka.
The event was organized by the Wole Soyinka Center for Investigative Journalism.
Osinbajo, who was absent at the event, was recognized and awarded the Integrity Specialty of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism’s Anti-corruption Defender.
However, the vice president cited issues related to the invasion of the Federal High Court and the rearrest of the Saraha Reporter Editor, Omoyele Sowore, as one of the reasons he rejected the event.
Given his reasons for being absent in a statement made available to Latest Nigeria News on Monday by his Spokesman, Laolu Akande, Osinbajo said, “I am extremely grateful for the recognition and award of the “Integrity Specialty of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism’s Anti-corruption Defender Award of 2019” to me.
“The award, I note, is for our Justice reform efforts in Lagos State. I had accepted the award with pride on behalf of the excellent Justice Sector team we had.
“However, two reasons explain my absence. First is that I am currently in Abu Dhabi for an international meeting under the auspices of the government of the UAE where I am the keynote speaker.
“Second, in view of the developments on Friday in the Sowore case, I think it would be insensitive and inappropriate to attend the ceremony.
“Please accept my heartfelt apologies and extend the same to the other members of the organizing team. God bless you.”