Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s Acting President, was quoted by the spokesman, Laolu Akande, to have stated that the Federal Government will no longer accept excuses that its mission to deliver sustainable socio-economic development is not feasible.
Osinbajo reportedly stated this at the State House in Abuja during a closed-door retreat on the Economy Recovery Growth Plan and the 2018 budget preparation process.
“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 simply have to 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.
“I will say on our behalf that we will choose success. 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 too. 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 these labs. We must see to it that this works.”
Guest speakers at the retreat included Dr. Idris Jala, a former top official of the Malaysian government among others.