Vice president yemi osinbajo He has warned that Nigeria will “fail utterly” if its leaders do not “accept and implement an ethical revolution.”
Mr. Osinbajo made the warning Tuesday in a lecture entitled “Values: The Difference Between Success and Failure” he delivered at the 100th anniversary of the Old Boys Association of Baptist Boys’ High School, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Imploring Nigerians to change their perception that their country is corrupt, he said that no modern society is free from corruption.
He called on government at all levels to lead the ethics revolution by rewarding good ethical behavior and ensuring swift punishment for misconduct.
Mr. Osinbajo listed Obafemi Awolowo, Moshood Abiola, former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Bola Ajibola, all former students of the school, as exceptional Nigerians who have recorded great achievements in public service as a result of the training and values they received from the school.
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“You need a national consensus or at least an elite consensus. Political elites, religious elites, and business elites must agree that our country will utterly fail if we do not embrace and implement an ethical revolution.
“One where we establish a national work ethic of honesty, of hard work. It is what is taught and learned that shapes the character of individuals and nations. But it is not just about teaching, the government must also lead this ethical revolution by rewarding ethical conduct and ensuring prompt punishment for misconduct,” said the vice president.
“Every modern society has had to deal with corruption. Corruption is not a Nigerian thing, sometimes we fool ourselves. It’s Nigerian, no, many countries, in fact most countries in the world have been more corrupt than us, but their elites sat down and decided they had to deal with it because if they don’t they will. them.
“There is not a modern society today that has not had to deal with corruption and they face it with their elites sitting down and saying we have to agree, this is the way to go, we cannot keep repeating the same thing, we must enthrone ourselves As minimum. ethical standards to succeed, ”she stressed.
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