President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo were elected as the president and vice president of Nigeria respectively in 2015. At first glance, their journeys share a striking similarity, marked by remarkable twists of fate. Both men faced severe challenges that tested their resilience and nearly altered the course of their lives.
President Buhari encountered the most daunting trial when he was struck by a grave illness that left him in a precarious state. The affliction took a toll on his body, leaving him frail and presenting a grotesque image. In fact, those who were close to him had all but given up hope on his survival. However, against all odds, a miraculous healing transpired, defying explanation and leaving observers awestruck. President Buhari endured immense suffering and scrutiny, even facing baseless accusations that he was a clone from Sudan, dubbed “Jubril.” Speculations arose about whether this cloned Buhari would return to Sudan after May 29 or seek refuge in his hometown of Daura.
Meanwhile, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo narrowly escaped a potentially devastating event that could have altered the course of President Buhari’s leadership and wrecked him personally. Just days before the 2019 presidential elections, the helicopter carrying Prof. Osinbajo crashed in Kogi State. The fact that everyone on board survived the harrowing accident remains an enigma waiting to be unraveled. The metal bird plummeted to the ground, but miraculously, every occupant emerged unscathed.
Now, after eight years, these two individuals, whom I refer to as “the destiny men,” are preparing to step down from their positions of power, having served their nation. They leave behind a legacy marked by dignity, integrity, and unwavering accountability to God Almighty. Their time in office has been characterized by unblemished traces of leadership, and they have remained committed to upholding their responsibilities to the Nigerian people.
The tale of President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo is a testament to the fortitude of the human spirit and the power of destiny. Despite facing daunting challenges, they have emerged as fortunate Nigerians, their paths intertwined by extraordinary circumstances. As they bid farewell to their roles in the political landscape, their contributions and the mysteries surrounding their experiences will continue to inspire and captivate the nation.
Farewell my two most admirable leaders.