The ‘Nigerian factor’ is not an excuse; we have no reason to fail- Osinbajo

The 'Nigerian factor' is not an excuse; we have no reason to fail- Osinbajo

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the Buhari administration had no excuse whatsoever not to achieve its economic agenda for Nigeria’s development, noting that the oft-cited ‘Nigerian factor’ was not tenable.

He made this known Thursday while speaking at the Cabinet Retreat on the Economic Recovery Growth Plan (ERGP) and the 2018 Budget preparation which featured guest speakers including Dr Idris Jala, a former top official of the Malaysian government.

Osinbajo, while agreeing with Jala on the challenge confronting focused and disciplined drive towards development, said “he (Jala) is so right; the challenge is this, the discipline to be unreasonable in our targets and objectives.

“The discipline of attending the labs diligently and accepting to be locked in a room for as long as it takes to iron out what it is that needs to be done.

“I like the point also 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”.

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Osinbajo went on to challenge the perception that failure is somehow natural to Nigeria, observing that Nigeria, like all other countries in the world, faced similar choices, challenges and prospects when it came to the question of development.

He said, “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 and I will say on our behalf that we will choose success”.


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