The Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has implored youths to take advantage of the ongoing pandemic to make meaningful impact in their respective societies.
Prof. Osinbajo stated this on Saturday at the virtual valedictory service for graduating students of Edgewood College, Lagos.
He told the students that they were unique and they must seize any opportunity that comes their way.
He said, “No matter how you look at it, you are unique. The game changed in your generation, you are certainly a class of game changers. The point with any opportunity is that it must be seized if you are to benefit from it, which is why you must never take your place in history for granted. There is always a divine reason for it.”
The Vice President also advised the students to begin to make an impact as early as possible and not wait until they were admitted into universities.
He said “circumstances have moved you ahead. No one has been here before. None of your parents or mine can tell you how life would be in or after a global pandemic. We know some but not nearly all of the challenges and all of the opportunities that will come with it. And if you tell me that you would have to wait until you get into University and even graduate before you start to answer those questions then you are missing the opportunity that history is offering you.”
He further explained that when an opportunity to make history comes, it is often disguised as a challenge, a draw back or even a tragedy, adding that an opportunity often “hardly ever looks like the next great leap of mankind.”
The Vice President then talked about icons in the world who made an impact in their youth. He talked about Bill Gates, Timilehin Daomi, Aghogho Ajiyen among others. He explained how they became game-changers at such a young age. He advised the graduands to take after those icons.
Prof. Osinbajo implored the graduands to always put God first in everything.
He said, “One last word that I must leave with you is that, never be foolish enough to imagine that anything happens without the Almighty God, all good and perfect gifts come from Him. Some of the smartest people that you will come across in the best universities in the world, will tell you that there is no God. Remember the words of scripture, “the fool says in his heart that there is no God.”
The Vice President ended his speech by praying for the graduating students and congratulating them on their latest achievement.
He said, “So, I pray for you, that you will excel in all you, do, that you will be a source of pride and joy to your families and this nation, and that God will help you always in Jesus name. All will be well with you in Jesus mighty name. Congratulations again, and God Bless you.”