Osinbajo reveals Nigeria will overcome challenges for better future

Osinbajo reveals Nigeria will overcome challenges for better future

The Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), has stated that the challenges Nigeria currently faces as a nation are not insurmountable but that they are stepping stones to a great future.

Osinbajo made this assertion in Owerri, the Imo State capital, on Sunday, March 14; at a special interdenominational thanksgiving service to mark the first anniversary of the administration of Governor Hope Uzodinma.

The Vice-President also noted that faithful service to the people in public office is a way of honouring God who gave the opportunity in the first place to leaders.

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This is according to a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, Laolu Akande, titled ‘Nigeria’s Challenges are Stepping Stones to a Great Future.’

Osinbajo was quoted as saying, “Let me say that despite the challenges our nation faces, by the grace of God, we, the Nigerian people, are more than able to surmount them. So, I say to you, people of Imo and the great people of Nigeria; yes, we have work to do; yes, we have much to repair, but we are undaunted.

“The problems we see today are the stepping stones to our great future. We are, by the grace of God, mightier than our challenges.”

Osinbajo urged the governors to stay focused on delivering quality leadership in service to the people of Imo State; while ensuring their well-being remains a cardinal point for the state government.

He said, “There are at least three possible forms of opposition to government. One is political opposition, the second is time, and the third is the leader himself – i.e. when the leader is discouraged or distracted.

“But the most critical factor is you, the leader. How you deal with time and political opposition will determine success or failure. Don’t look back. Keep focused. Stay on track.”

Osinbajo also said, “This is a state with a population of close to five million people. Since this state was created in 1976, there have only been 16 governors and you, Governor Hope Uzodinma, are one of them. Since 1999, only six elected governors and you are one of them.

“Some may say that you are here because you are the smartest; I am sure you know that being the smartest doesn’t mean you will get here.”



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