The Vice President’s Meritocracy Sermon

The Vice President’s Meritocracy Sermon

“Meritocracy is crucial in an economically viable value system because it rewards talent and enterprise. And it is talent and enterprise that would drive sustainable growth,” Vice President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo.

I will simply add: Mr. Vice President, make this happen. It is five years now and we are still waiting for you on this matter. We know the problems – and we desperately want solutions.

Nigeria’s desire and pursuit of economic growth and sustainable development is best achieved through the adoption of merit as a national value, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

The Vice President made the remarks in a keynote address delivered at the Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI) webinar series themed: “A National Conversation on Rebuilding our National Values System”.

“Meritocracy is crucial in an economically viable value system because it rewards talent and enterprise. And it is talent and enterprise that would drive sustainable growth,” Mr Osinbajo affirmed.

Stressing the point about the importance of merit to sustainable growth, the vice president said, “Economic growth rests upon the substructure of values. The basis of the entire credit system as we know it, is trust. Indeed, the word credit is derived from the Latin word “credere” —to believe or to trust. For a credit facility to be extended to a person, trust is placed in the borrower and his or her willingness and ability to repay.

A young lady reported here how she made a First Class in a university in the South South region of our nation but because she came from the South West, the school bypassed her and gave the graduate assistantship job to someone who finished below her. How do we expect her to believe in Nigeria that we are fair? But her case is not isolated. From how we choose leaders in schools and offer opportunities to our young people, Nigeria is running a dangerous playbook.

wrote a few days ago, noting that the indigenization of key positions in federal universities in Nigeria is the new order. Yes, being a Yoruba man is not enough in UI; it has to be an Ibadan man. Being an Igbo man does not cut it in UNN, he must be an Nsukka man. And being an Hausa Fulani cannot qualify unless the man is from Zaria for ABU. Too bad that I am using “man” because yes, in nearly 99% of these races, our female professors are overly marginalized.

To make her believe, Mr. Vice President has an obligation to begin to change this evil through policies over just giving speeches. He might have enjoyed a fair merit-based system in his time. I did while in FUTO. We need to fix this lack of merit in the Nigerian system, urgently; now is the time for action.


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2 thoughts on “The Vice President’s Meritocracy Sermon

  1. He’s always talking, maybe someone needs to remind him that he’s the number two citizen of the land, in case he has forgotten.

    When they were proposing and implementing their trademoni, N52 billion and N75 billion sharing largess, what was the intent, and how do they plan to measure their efficacy?

    And which part of their government is swimming and feasting on meritocracy? Whenever he starts talking like this, I am forced to wonder if he has left government; maybe he’s wailing to Nigerians to fix the very thing they sent him and his allies to fix.

    Disconnection and dislocation everywhere, and they are talking. Nigerians didn’t ask for preachers and wailers, but rather doers; if they have reached their full capacities, it won’t be a bad idea to surrender.

    1. Olokunde Lekan Akande · Edit

      The vice president in our democracy (just like in the US) is just an extra jacket that you may never wear. The post of VP carries no weight but the mouthpiece of the president and if he should express his own opinion, it remains his opinion. Though, I appreciated him when the president was on medical leave, he tried to his ability. As the VP and as long as the president is active, he cannot change the establishment protocols on ground.


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