Vice President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo marked his 66th birthday on Wednesday with a quiet morning devotion service at his Aguda House residence at the State House, Abuja before spending time later with the students of the Learning Centre in Borno state.
Family members and personal staff had in the morning joined Osinbajo and his wife at Aguda House to give thanks to God, singing and reading bible passages.
There was also a special ministration from popular gospel artist, Dunsin Oyekan.
After the morning devotion service, the Vice President with his wife, Dolapo Osinbajo proceeded to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport where he was ambushed by aides and associates and members of the choir who serenaded him with singing and joyous celebrations as he came out of the car.
Osinbajo’s media aide, Laolu Akande, in a relese issued quoted the Vice President as saying “I am hardly ever taken by surprise, but now really I’m surprised, thank you all so much,” he said as he was led to cut the cake already set up in the lobby of the Presidential Wing of the airport.
From there, Osinbajo then proceeded to Borno State where the Learning Centre, an educational charity he envisioned in 2016, is based. He had led the efforts that produced the North East Children’s Trust and the Learning Centre then.
The North East Children’s Trust is a private sector-led charity and social engineering initiative incorporated in 2017 with a mission to create innovative, transformational sustainable learning ecosystems that will nurture, renew and empower vulnerable children between ages 5 and 18 years who have become orphans as a result of the insurgency in North-East Nigeria.
It has provided comprehensive support to 686 orphaned and vulnerable children through accommodation, feeding, quality education and rehabilitative psychosocial support.
The Children treated the VP, his wife, members of the NECT Board and other State government officials, to entertaining and humorous sporting games (novelty football matches, sack and egg races) and rendition of a special birthday song for the celebrant.
In his speech, Osinbajo reassured the staff and children of the institution of his commitment to keep providing world class facilities that would make them the best among their peers, regardless of the prevailing socioeconomic conditions
“All of you children who are here, one thing that is very certain is that, God giving me good health and preserving my life, I will ensure that you get the very best. However it is, we will do everything possible to make sure that you get the very best, because that is the promise and pledge that we made when we started,” the Vice President stated.