- Vice President Yemi Osinbajo gave some words of wisdom to graduates in Ibadan on Thursday, November 9
- He spoke at the 10th convocation of the Lead City University, Ibadan, to 590 students
- Osinbajo also called on Nigerian youths to utilise the productive period of their lives
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said obtaining a degree certificate does not always translate to success in life. He said this while speaking at the 10th convocation of the Lead City University(LCU), Ibadan.
590 students were awarded first degree certificates in various disciplines on Thursday, November 9, with 39 first class students.
According to Vanguard, Osinbajo, who was the special guest at the ceremony, said: “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 grace of God. Character is a set of values that shapes the conduct of an individual. It is a set of principles spoken and unspoken that a person observes and lives on."
Oyo state governor, Abiola Ajimobi, who accompanied the vice president, said he was optimistic that the LCU would one day be ranked among the top 10 universities in Nigeria.
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Meanwhile, 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".
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