Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo
The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has said that the Buhari led administration in its quest and eagerness to deliver sustainable socio-economic development to Nigerians will no longer accept excuses.
Osinbajo was speaking on Thursday in Abuja at the Cabinet Retreat on the Economic Recovery Growth Plan (ERGP) and the 2018 Budget preparation, where the former high ranking official of the Malaysian government, Dr Idris Jaja spoke as a guest speaker.
According to a press release made available to journalists by the Senior Assistant to the Acting President on Media and Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande, Osinbajo in his remarks toed the line of thinking of Jaja, saying the concept of Nigerian factor as an excuse for non-performance could no longer hold water.
The Acting President therefore agreed that the government through all legitimate means must think outside the box to proffer laudable and reliable panacea to socio-economic problems of the nation as a matter of duty and obligation.
“After listening to Dr. Idris Jala, all I can say is that, seriously, he is so right, the challenge is this, there is need for discipline.
“I also like the point that Dr Jala made, that the excuse that it won’t work here, the Nigerian factor, or some say exceptionalism, or the acceptance of failure before you even start is certainly not tenable any more.
“We have to simply accept that there is nothing Nigerian about failure, because as we know in our personal lives, failure and success are commodities on offer to everyone all over the world and every individual and every country makes a choice of which to buy and I will say on our behalf that we will choose success.
“Dr Jala! I have heard motivational speeches, but I think this one challenges our whole legitimacy as persons entrusted with leadership.
“I think it goes beyond motivational speech, I think it really challenges the core of our relevance as leaders and I am challenged and I know that many of us here are and I think that we will do what we need to do to make sure that we see through the labs that we have to identify specific areas where we will do this labs. We must see to it that this works.
“I want to thank you again for this exceptional moment you have taken us through and to thank all of you also for taking the time to come. So the work has just begun”, Osinbajo said.