Yemi Osinbajo has played an increasingly prominent role in Nigeria’s government since he was appointed as President Muhammadu Buhari’s deputy in 2015.
Nowhere has that been more clearly demonstrated than at a recent question-and-answer session on the current campaign trail, when the lawyer and church pastor spoke more than his boss.
When the 76-year-old Buhari did speak, his critics accused him of being too old, ill or out of touch to grasp the issues at stake.
But he found a loyal ally in his vice-president. “He (Buhari is not an orator,” Osinbajo stated afterwards. “My business is oratory. I’m a lawyer.
“The reason why you have a person like that is integrity.”
Buhari has publicly shown his appreciation for his colleague, calling him his “running mate turned partner in service … and friend”.