Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has commended the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA for promoting interfaith peace, harmony and tolerance. Osinbajo gave this commendation while declaring open a three-day General Assembly/National Executive Meeting, NEC of NSCIA at the Central Mosque, Abuja. He said the council not only promoted solidarity among Nigerians, but it also served as an important intermediary between government and Muslim community and between Muslims and persons of other faith. Osinbajo said that decade ago, it would not have been a major topic as leaders in the first republic did not consider religious intolerance as a major national issue. He said that Nigerian Constitution spelt out the equality of all Nigerians regardless of ethnicity, religion or status. The Sultan of Sokoko Muhammad Abubakar said that Nigeria, like any other nation, was facing challenges which would be surmounted in people across faith and ethnicity joined hands. Earlier, in his opening remarks, Deputy Secretary, NSCIA Salisu Shehu, said the meeting was the highest decision making forum of the council.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has proposed a toast for the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The vice president’s toast was proposed at a dinner organised in honour of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Vuong Hue.

Osinbajo had earlier at the Presidential Villa, received Hue and his team and witnessed the signing and exchange of the Memorandum of Understanding on waiver of visa requirements for holders of Valid Diplomatic and Official Passports.

The vice president, during the toast on a lighter note, said that Hue was his long lost brother as both of them were born on same year and same month March, 1957.

He said that Nigeria and Vietnam had maintained long standing diplomatic relations since 1976 but there were no high level engagements.

In his response, Hue said that Nigeria and Vietnam had a lot of things in common.

He said that aside boosting economic and trade ties, there was need to enhance cultural relationship.