The Vice President of Nigeria,Yemi Osinbajo has said he was unable to attend 2019 Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting in Lagos on Monday for two reasons.
Earlier on Monday,Organizers of the award has announced that they were postponing presenting Yemi the award as a result of the invasion of the Federal High Court on Friday by the Department of State Services (DSS) to rearrest the Convener of #RevolutionNow and Journalist,Omoyele Sowore,less than 24 hours he was released on bail weeks of detention.
But in a letter,his media aide,Lolu Akande,Osinbajo stated the reasons for not showing up at the award ceremony was because he was on national assignment to United Arab Emirates (UAE) and also stated that “it will be insensitive to attend the award ceremony in view of Sowore’s rearrest.
Osinbajo said,” I am extremely grateful for the recognition and award of the “Integrity Speciality of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism’s Anti-Corruption Defender Award 2019 to me
“The award,I note is for our justice reform efforts in Lagos state. I had accepted the award with pride on behalf of the Justice Sector Team we had.
“However,there are two reasons that explains my absence. Firstly,I am currently in Abu Dhabi for an International meeting under the auspices of the government of the UAE where I am the keynote speaker.
“Secondly,in view of the developments in the Sowore case on Friday,I think it will be insensitive and inappropriate to attend the award ceremony.