Osinbajo comes under heavy criticism for shunning live interview on #RubbinMinds

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has come under heavy criticism for failing to appear on YNaija TV‘s widely publicized flagship show #RubbinMinds where he was scheduled Sunday to be interviewed on burning issues in the polity especially as the 2019 elections approaches.

With a good number of young people in the country eager to listen to the Vice President tuned into Channels TV (where the programme airs weekly) as we gathered from their reactions on Twitter, the host of the show Ebuka Obi-Uchendu announced via his Twitter handle that the Vice President won’t be showing up at the programme as earlier advertised, due to some matters arising.

The announcement subsequently drew the disappointment of the youth who took to their various social media platforms to register their displeasure over the development.

Following the development, a number of Nigerians on Twitter accused the Vice President of shunning the interview especially in the midst of a planned protest by some youth ahead of his arrival for the show, because he could not defend President Muhammadu Buhari‘s alleged unconstitutional suspension of the Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Walter Onnoghen on Friday who is facing trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) over allegations of failure to declare his assets.

The scheduled interview is coming barely one week after Osinbajo (who himself is a Professor of Law and two-time Commissioner for Justice in Lagos) had at a legal conference recently, expressed sadness over the fact that the head of the judicial arm of government would be undergoing trial, claiming that the President was not aware of the petition against the suspended CJN and suggesting that the institutions concerned with the prosecution and arraignment of the Honourable Chief Justice were not directed by the Presidency to take up his case, despite the unprecedented speed with which the case was prosecuted.

There are also indications that the Vice President was in Lagos at the time of the interview for a continuation of his party’s door-to-door Presidential campaign.

A statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Vice President, Laolu Akande,  however said that the exigencies of campaign timing made it impossible for Osinbajo to appear on the show as scheduled, adding that the Presidency was working with the producers of the programme to reschedule his participation.

Rubbin’ Minds is Nigeria’s leading youth-focused TV show, aired on Channels TV every Sunday at 3pm and hosted by renowned media personality, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu.


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