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Osinbajo shares near air crash experiences at valedictory service

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Outgoing Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo‘s lucky escape from two near-air crashes was the high point of his speech as he reflected on his time in office in Abuja yesterday.

The occasion was the valedictory service organised in his honour by the staff of the Office of the Vice President on Friday.

Expressing gratitude to God for escaping death on both occasions, the Vice President recalled how God saved him and 11 others from a helicopter crash in Kabba, Kogi State on 2nd February 2019.

He also recalled how in June 2018, a chopper conveying him and members of his “Main Party” from the Nigeria Customs Command and Staff College, Gwagwalada, made a forcible landing a few seconds after take-off.

“I’m truly grateful to the Almighty God”, the Vice President said.

Accompanied by his wife, Dolapo, who he described as his “most potent weapon”, Osinbajo said he felt honoured to have worked with his staff members whom he described as “incredible people”.

Osinbajo said: “I’m honoured to have worked with such incredible people. Everyone put in exceptional hard work.

“I personally interviewed most of you that worked with me. I wanted people who had a heart for this country, genuine love and concern about the progress of this nation.

“Eight years have gone by very quickly, I must say. Here we are today a few days to the inauguration.

“There are many great experiences, great things that have happened and I’m glad we’ve come this far”.

The Vice President did not only commend the staff of his office for their dedication and patriotism, but he also highlighted the selfless service of his police and security details, the civil servants, his Chief of Staff, Special Advisers, Senior Special Assistants, and Special Assistants among others.

Osinbajo expressed gratitude to every one of them for their support throughout his eight years as President Muhammadu Buhari’s deputy.

One of the high points of the occasion was the presentation of the outgoing Vice President with gifts and handwritten valedictory notes from staff members.

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