After two months on Twitter, the account of the Vice Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), @ProfOsinbajo, was verified last Friday afternoon.
Unlike others who get verified, send out a few tweets and – yaay – it’s over, Prof. Osinbajo never misses an opportunity to – you know – preach, or teach or explain. This was no exception.
He released a statement talking about his experience so far on social media.
He admitted that he had followed online conversations passively for a long time but had to get fully involved when he was picked to join the APC Presidential Ticket.
“I consider myself a Digital Immigrant, while all those born in the Computer Age are the Natives,” he said. “It took a while to get used to it, but I have always known social media to be a very useful tool for engagement, enlightenment and entertainment. Its huge value to Nigeria and the nation we hope to build cannot be overestimated and I’m grateful for how I have been so well received. It has been extremely interesting.”
Professor Osinbajo said a Buhari-led federal administration would promote information technology and make it a primary source of employment for the millions of unemployed youths in Nigeria. He said industrial and technology parks would be developed and equipped free Internet and electricity to help young program developers. Loans would also be made accessible for young entrepreneurs, he added.
“Nigeria is blessed with very talented young people who should be ruling the world in the IT world. All they need is a platform to shine and I believe we could have the next Mark Zuckerberg or Steve Jobs from amongst us. Africa is waiting for Nigeria to lead it on the technological superhighway and I believe the current generation of young Nigerians have it in them to take us to the moon,” the Law Professor summed up.