We must be disciplined to be unreasonable in objectives – Osinbajo tell ministers at cabinet retreat

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Nigeria’s Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, SAN has said that in the Buhari administration’s quest to deliver sustainable socio-economic development to Nigerians, it will no longer accept excuses that suggest such progress is not attainable.

Speaking today at the Cabinet Retreat on the Economic Recovery Growth Plan (ERGP) and the 2018 Budget preparation, Osinbajo 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.”

In his remark after listening to one of the guest speakers, Dr Idris Jala, a former top official of the Malaysian government, the Acting President said, “ all I can say is as the opposition leader in Malaysia said this is what I have been saying for the past 50 years!

“But seriously he 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.”

He said he also likeed the point that Dr Jala made that the excuse that it won’t work here, saying, “ the Nigerian factor, or some say exceptionalism, or the acceptance of failure before you even start is certainly not tenable anymore.”

He told Dr Jala that he his presentation when compared to the motivational speeches he had before “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.”

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