Yemi Osinbajo profile
Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice
Born 8 March 1957 (age 57)
Lagos, British Nigeria
Alma materUniversity of Lagos (LL.B)
London School of Economics
ProfessionSenior Advocate of Nigeria
Oluyemi Oluleke Osinbajo (born on 8 March 1957) is a Nigerian Senior Advocate, Professor of Law and a Senior Partner at a law firm. He is the running mate of the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari for the forthcoming election in February 2015.
Early life and educationEdit
Yemi was born in Lagos to the family of late Sir Adeyemi. He attended Corona School for his primary school education. Between 1969 and 1975, he attended Igbobi College Yaba where he won the following prizes: the winner of the State Merit Award 1971; the School Prize for English Oratory, 1972; Adeoba Prize for English Oratory 1972-1975; Elias Prize for Best Performance in History (WASC) – 1973, School Prize for Literature (HSC), 1975; African Statesman Intercollegiate Best Speaker’s Prize, 1974. Between 1975 and 1978, he proceeded to the University of Lagos where he was awarded a Bachelor of Laws degree. After obtaining a Second Class Upper Degree, he received the Graham-Douglas Prize for Commercial Law. In 1979, he undertook the mandatory one year professional training at the Nigerian Law School prior to being admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor of Nigeria’s Supreme Court. In 1980, he attended the London School of Economics, where he obtained his Master of Laws.
Academic career and appointmentsEdit
While at the Law School, he interned with the law firm of Chief Obafemi Awolowo. From late 1979- 1980, he did his National Youth Service with the Bendel Development and Planning Authority (BDPA) as a legal officer. In 1981, he commenced academic work as a lecturer at the University of Lagos and occupied the position until 1988, when he was appointed as Special Adviser to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice (legal advice and litigation) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Prince Bola Ajibola from 1988 to 1991. He was an adviser to the Attorney-General of the Federation until 1992, when he went back to lecturing. He became a Professor of Law in 1990 at the age of 33 (thirty three). Thereafter, he established a law practice (Osinbajo, Kukoyi & Adokpaye) as a partnership, while he concurrently was a Professor of Law and Head of Department of Public Law (1997–1999) at the University of Lagos. In 1999, he was appointed a member and secretary of a Think Tank and Transition Work Group that deliberated on strategies to transition from Military rule to democratic government in Lagos State. Bola Tinubu had just been elected as Governor of the State. Owing to his reform-minded contributions to the justice sector, he was appointed into the Cabinet after the inauguration of the Government in May 1999. Thus, he served as the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice from 1999 to 2007.
He later joined the services of the University of Lagos where he became a professor of Public law and was appointed as the Head of Department of Public Law in 1997, a position he held for 2 years (1997-1999). After his tenure in 1999, he was immediately appointed as the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice of Lagos State under the administration of senator Bola Tinubu, who is now the National Leader of the All Progressive Congress, APC. Osinbajo held this position for 8 years, until the end of his tenure in 2007.
From June 2007, he became Senior Partner at the law firm of SimmonsCooper Partners. He was also a visiting Professor of Law, Department of Public Law, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos. Yemi has served on the United Nations Secretary General’s Committee of Experts on Conduct and Discipline of UN Peacekeeping Personnel (2006); United Nations Operations in Somalia, Staff Member, Justice Division, UNOSOM II (1997–1999);
He is also the chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT) of Redeemer’s University and a solicitor to the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi on the suits against Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
After the formation of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2013, Yemi was tasked, with other notable Nigerians, to design and produce a manifesto for the new political party. This culminated in the presentation of the Roadmap to a New Nigeria in March 2014. The highlights of the Roadmap included a free schools meal plan, a conditional cash transfer to the 25 million poorest Nigerians if they enroll children in school and immunize them. There were also a number of programs designed to create economic opportunities for Nigeria’s massive youth population.
On 17 December 2014, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Retired General Muhammadu Buhari announced him as his running mate and vice-presidential candidate during the 2015 General Elections.
Osinbajo is married to Oludolapo Osinbajo, a granddaughter of Obafemi Awolowo, and has three children. He is a Senior Pastor and Motivational Speaker at the Olive Tree House of Prayer for All Nations on Banana Island, a parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. 
He is a member of the following professional bodies:
Nigerian Bar Association
International Bar Association,
Nigerian Body of Benchers
Council of Legal Education in Nigeria and Senior Advocate of Nigeria
Chapters contributed to Books
The Common Law, The Evidence Act and The Interpretation of Section 5(a) in Essays in Honour of Judge Elias (1986) (J.A. Omotola, ed) pgs. 165-18;
Some Reforms in The Nigerian Law of Evidence Chapter in Law and Development (1986), (J.A. Omotola and A.A. Adeogun eds.) pgs. 282-311;
Rules of Evidence in Criminal Trials in the Nigerian Special Military Tribunals Chapter 2 in Essays on Nigerian Law, Vol … 1, Pgs. 28-42. (J.A. Omotola ed),
Some Public Law Considerations in Environmental Protection. Chapter in “Environmental Laws in Nigeria”, (J.A. Omotola ed.) 1990 pgs 128-149,
Domestic and International Protection for Women: “Landmarks on the Journey so far” in Women and Children under Nigerian Law”. (Awa U. Kalu & Yemi Osinbajo eds.) 1990. pgs. 231-241
Some Problems of Proof of Bank Frauds and Other Financial Malpractices in Bank Frauds and Other Financial Malpractices in Nigeria (Awa Kalu ed.)
FMJL Review Series, Modalities For The Implementation of The Transition Provisions in The New Constitution in Law Development and Administration (Yemi Osinbajo & Awa Kalu eds.) (1990).
FMJL Review Series, Legal and Institutional Framework For The Eradication of Drug Trafficking in Nigeria – Narcotics: Laws and Policy in Nigeria (Awa Kalu & Yemi Osinbajo eds.) 1990
Proof of Customary Law in non-Customary Courts, – Towards a Restatement of Nigerian Customary Laws, (Osinbajo & Awa Kalu eds.) 1991,
External Debt Management: Case Study of Nigeria – International Finance and External Debt Management, UNDP/UNCTC, 1991,
Judicial and Quasi-judicial Processing of Economic and organized Crimes: Experiences, Problems etc. Essays in Honour of Judge Bola Ajibola, (Prof. C.O. Okonkwo ed.) 1992,
Human Rights, Economic Development and the Corruption Factor in Human Rights and the Rule of Law and Development in Africa (Paul T. Zeleza et al eds) 2004
Articles published in law journals
Legitimacy and Illegitimacy under Nigerian Law Nig. J. Contemp. Law. (1984–87) pgs. 30-45
Unraveling Evidence of Spouses in Nigeria, Legal Practitioners Review Vol. 1 No. 2 1987 pgs. 23-28
Can States Legislate on Rules of Evidence? Nigerian Current Law Review 1985 pgs. 234-242
Problems of Proof in Declaration of Title to Land, Journal of Private and Property Law Vol. 6 & 7, October 1986, pgs. 47-68
Interpretation of Section 131(a) of the Evidence Act. Journal of Private and Property Law Vol. 6 & 7 (1986), pgs. 118-122
Review of Some Decrees of the Structural Adjustment Era (Part 1, 2, 3), (1989) 2 GRBPL No. 2 (Gravitas Review of Business and Property Law) pgs.60-63, (1989) 2 GRBPL No. 3 (Gravitas Review of Business and Property Law) pgs. 51-55, (1989) 2 GRBPL No. 4 (Gravitas Review of Business and Property Law)
Current Issues in Transnational Lending and Debt Restructuring Agreements part 1 and 2, Autonomy, Academic Freedom and the Laws Establishing Universities in Nigeria (1990) Jus. Vol. 1 No. 2, pgs. 53-64, Admissibility of Computer Generated Evidence. (1990) Jus. Vol. 1 No. 1 pgs. 9-12
Allegations of Crime in Civil Proceedings, U.I. Law Review 1987;
Roles, Duties and Liabilities of Collateral Participants and Professional Advisers in Unit Trust Schemes (1991) Jus. Vol. 1 No. 7 pgs. 71-83, Reform of the Criminal Law of Evidence in Nigeria (1991) Jus. 2 No. 4 Pgs. 71-98
Profit and Loss Sharing Banks – (1990) Jus. Vol. 2 No. 8, Juvenile Justice Administration in Nigeria.
A review of the Beijing Rules. (1991) Jus. Vol. 2 No. 6. Pgs. 65-73
Sovereign Immunity in International Commercial Arbitration – The Nigerian experience and emerging state practice- In African Journal of International and Comparative Law, 4 RADIC 1992, page 1-25, Human Rights and Economic Development in The International Lawyer. 1994, Vol. 28, No. 3 pgs. 727-742
Legality in a Collapsed State: The Somalia Experience 45 ICLQ 1996, pgs. 910-924.
Nigerian Media Law, GRAVITAS Publishers 1991
Cases and Materials on Nigerian Law of Evidence, Macmillan, 1996
Integration of the African Continent Through Law” (Edward Foakes Publishers, 1989, vol. 7, Federal Ministry of Justice Law Review Series)
Towards A Better Administration of Justice System in Nigeria” (Edward Foakes Publishers, 1989)
FMJL Review Series, “Women and Children Under Nigerian Law”
FMJL Review Series, The Unification and Reform of the Nigerian Criminal Law and Procedure Codes – (Malthouse Press), 1990
Law Development and Administration (Malthouse Press), 1990
Narcotics: Law and Policy in Nigeria, FMJL Review Series 1990
Perspectives on Human Rights in Nigeria FMJL Review Series 1991
Perspectives on Corruption in Nigeria, FMJL Review Series 1992
Democracy and the Law, FMJL Review Series, 1991
The Citizens Report Card on Local Governments (with Omayeli Omatsola 1998)
Economic, Social and Cultural Rights – A training Agenda for Nigeria (with Bankole Olubamise and Yinka Balogun, 1998) Legal Research and Resource Development Centre
Annotated Rules of the Superior Courts of Nigeria (with Ade Ipaye) Lexis-Nexis Butterworths 2004
Hadiza Bala Usman Profile
1.Hadiza Bala Usman was born in January 2, 1976 in Zaria, Kaduna State and is the daughter of the historian, Yusufu Bala Usman.
2.She holds a Bachelors Degree (B.Sc.) in Business Administration which she obtained from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria. She later proceeded to the University of Leeds, United Kingdom where she obtained a post graduate degree in Development Studies in the year 2009.
3.She started her career with a a Non-Governmental Organization known as Centre for Democratic Development and Research Training, Zaria, in June 2000 as a Research Assistant.
4.She was appointed the Chief of Staff to the governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai.
5. She started the campaign, #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) upon the kidnap of Nigerian school girls at Chibok by Boko Haram in the year 2014.The group, which she co-founded with Obiageli Ezekwesili, former minister of education, faced stiff opposition from the past government of Goodluck Jonathan.
6. She has continued to protest with the BBOG campaign up to the year 2016. She has been featured in Financial Times, and at CNN for her good work with BBOG.
7.Hadiza Bala Usman is married and have two boys with her husband who is an economic analyst.
*** A woman with a lion heart.
*** Highly Innovative.
*** Her IQ is above average.
*** Her punctuality has no equals.
*** Always willing to learn.
*** She’s workaholic to achieve the desired results.
*** A daughter of a disciplinarian,
Recall that few times that Prof Osinbajo acted; Nigeria always move a step forward. This will prove that if given the opportunity; he would do better.
Nigeria has never gotten a female Vice President; that’s why the nation keeps fumbling and wobbling. The little opportunity given to Hadiza Bala Usman as Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority; she has laid a solid foundation in that organization and excelled where men failed. She has transformed the organization and puts Nigerian Ports Authority at par with International Sea Ports.
Under the visionary leadership; Nigerian Ports authority has embarked on ISO 9001 : 2015 & OHSAS 18001 : 2007 Certification which will put the organization as the Leading Port in Africa.
Finally, Analog Politicians have been leading us in Nigeria, it’s high time we get Digital.