“The most important thing is that when the righteous are in power, the people rejoice.” – Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

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February 16th is D-day, it is the day when Nigerians of voting age will go out in their numbers to decide how they are led for another four years.

However, precursor to such events, there are campaigns, fund raisers and so on, it is during these events that promises both real and phantom are made, and as in the case of a party that have held sway in the immediate past, they brag about their achievements and accomplishments, so it was in one of such scenarios that our able vice president Yemi Osinbajo found himself a few days ago during a campaign visit to Owerri.

Our pastor vice president considering that he was parlaying with a mostly Christian crowd decided to chip in a little Bible yarn so he told the crowd:

“The most important thing is that when the righteous are in power, the people rejoice.”

To this quote he followed with the question

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“Are you rejoicing now?”

The crowd erupted:



“Mba-no, I didn’t hear well”

So Mr. vice-president asked the question again, only this time he rephrased it.

“Under this government…are you rejoicing?”

The crowd who felt that Osinbajo asking the same question a second time was an indication that he had a hearing problem shouted in a thunderous tumult


Vice-president Yemi Osinbajo must have been stunned by this response from the crowd at Owerri because his response certainly shows that confusion overtook his reasoning momentarily, here was his response verbatim, coma for coma, full-stop for full-stop.

“Very good. The reason, the reason, the reason why we cannot rejoice under this government is because the Scripture says, ‘when the righteous are in power, the people rejoice’.”


If the crowd had answered “Yes”, this quotation would have been so suited for the campaign however; the response was a resounding “NO”, so this quotation just seems to muddle things up a bit.

This quotation which our pastor vice president used so freely was actually halved, the full quotation that was taken from Proverbs 29:2. states

“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn,”

Vice president Yemi Osinbajo attempted to impress on the people and the media that Nigerians are happy today because the right people are in power bur the people did not “play ball” then in his state of confusion he unwittingly shot the APC in the leg by quoting a scripture that brought in the fore the personification of the government of the day.

Today, Nigerians are suffering because of its rulers, the crime level is on the rise with kidnappings all over the place, unemployment is at an all-time high, education at its base, incessant teaches strikes, and a plethora of other problems, so it comes as no surprise that our amiable pastor vice president conveniently left out the part that describes the government where the people mourn as Nigerians are mourning today.

Osinbajo’s testimony against his own cause says almost everything anyone would like to know about where Nigerians find themselves this week as they vote.

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