- Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has spoken out against a practice that has made Nigeria retrogress over the years
- He also challenged Nigerians, especially the leaders, to sacrifice if they wanted the country to progress at all
Nigeria may never progress if the quota system is continued by successive governments, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has indicated.
Osinbajo said on Friday, December 2 that adoption merit in giving reward was the only way to develop instead of the quota system which is detrimental to the progress.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that while speaking at the conferment of the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM) on two professors, Omowunmi Sadiq, an environmental scientist; and Tanure Ojaide, a poet and literary critic, Osinbajo said Nigeria had placed too much emphasis on quota system rather than merit.
He said this quota system has never worked just as he called on leaders to make sacrifices and commit to a country run on merit, integrity, hard work justice and patriotism.
The vice president was quoted as saying: “To build a new Nigeria, we need a new tribe of men and women of all ethnicity, of all faith committed to a country run on high values of merit , integrity, hard work, justice and love of country.
“A tribe of men and women who are prepared to make the sacrifices and solve the constraints that is crucial to building a strong society.
“Who are prepared to stick together, fight corruption side by side, insist on justice even when our friends and those of our tribes and faith are at the receiving end.
“A tribe consisting of professionals, businessmen, politicians, religious leaders and all of those who believe that this new Nigeria is possible.
“This requires a new way of thinking, a new leadership corps, a new tribe.
“The challenge for us today is a challenge of finding a society where everyone especially those of us who lead in every aspect of leadership agree that this country is worth fighting for, that this country can truly be great.
“And the evidence we have seen today is that this country can truly be great and so may I just challenge us today that it is time to populate that new tribe."
He explained that the recipients of the award had demonstrated that Nigeria was blessed with tremendous talent and that their writers, poets and scientist were world class.
“We must define clearly what is lofty, noble and deserving of honour and how these values can be sustained, preserved and enforced.
“This is the burden of privilege so that it is for us to create the moral and philosophical premises for integrity in the public service, fidelity to the rule of law and the creation of meritocracy as a rule," he said.