Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has spoken to Nigerian youths on the benefits of joining politics, one of which is being on a pedestal to effect the needed and desired changes in various aspects of national life.
Osinbajo gave the advice on Wednesday, October 20, during a virtual conference convened for Nigerian fellows of the Mandela Washington fellowship.
He noted that if not for politics, he would have been unable to make the large-scale changes that are now to his credit as the vice president, The Cable reports.
Nigeria's number two citizen said becoming a politician afforded him the rare avenue to make significant differences in the country, which are feats he would not have achieved as a mere pressure group activist, Premium Times added.
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“It took public office for me to be able to get the scale of change that is required to make a difference.
“Without public office, I would have remained a pressure group activist; I would have done some nice things, but I wouldn’t have been able to make the changes that my country required."
He listed some of his achievements prior to the 2015 presidential election:
- Pressure group activist
- A staunch member of a top civil society group
- Co-founder of an anti-corruption group
- Co-founder of Convention on Business Integrity
- Chairperson of Legal Research and Development Centre
- Attorney-General of Lagos
Osinabjo said his legal reforms in Lagos as the attorney-general were adopted and implemented by many other state governments in Nigeria.
“The reason why I make this point is that other states, after what we did in Lagos, copied that very example. So many states improved remuneration and a wide variety of things.”
Nigeria is on course for a new beginning, Osinbajo reveals why
Meanwhile, Osinbajo had said it is in the nature of God to create new beginnings and Nigeria was on course for one, regardless of all doubts.
Osinbajo stated this while featuring at the ongoing 25th Annual Convention of the Redeemed Christian Church of God – The Americas, themed: New Beginning.
Osinbajo, a pastor in RCCG, cited the biblical story of Nathaniel who doubted whether any good thing could come out of Nazareth, and declared with optimism that despite people doubting if anything good would come out of Nigeria, the country would experience a new beginning.