Nigeria’s vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, advised youths in the country never to rely on their academic certificates alone to survive.
Osinbajo said this in Ibadan Today Thursday, November 9, while speaking at the 10th convocation ceremony of the Lead City University, where 590 students were awarded first degree certificates.
Sources reports the vice president as saying: “I was 60 years old in March this year, and I must confess that one of the greatest surprises I ever experienced was that I just suddenly became 60. “I can clearly remember when I graduated from the university.
I was 21 years old at the time. How time flies. “One of the important lessons that you will learn is that time flies whether you are wasting it or you are using it well.
It simply flies back. At the age of 60 years, I am entitled to give some advice. “By talent, a good degree and coming from a very well to do family does not bring success and certainly it does not bring greatness.
“The most talented people, those who get the best degrees do not necessarily become the most successful in life.
“The difference between success and failure, mediocrity or excellence is character. Along with character is opportunity, perhaps the most crucial is the place of God.”
Sources earlier reported that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said Nigeria witnessed barefaced stealing and waste of resources unprecedented anywhere in the world while under the administration of former president Goodluck Jonathan.
Osinbajo made this statement in Abuja on Monday while speaking at the legislative economic summit themed “Legislative Framework for Economic Recovery and Sustainable Development.”