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Yemi Osinbajo: It’s better to learn from history than experience

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has urged today's youth to take heed of the lessons of the past and not let their actions replicate them or jeopardise their futures.

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has urged today’s youth to take heed of the lessons of the past and not let their actions replicate them or jeopardise their futures.

Liberian President George Weah, his vice president, and several Liberian organisations welcomed Osinbajo to their country. They presented him with traditional recognitions and awards before he gave the charge to a youth conference in Monrovia.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, Mr Laolu Akande, released a statement saying that President Weah was the first to greet Osinbajo upon his arrival in Liberia, where he welcomed him to the West African country and thanked him for visiting for the day.

The Liberian Vice President, Dr Jewel Howard-Taylor, celebrated her 60th birthday with a youth conference, where she was the Special Guest of Honor.

Dr Howard-Taylor spoke highly of her Nigerian counterpart at a youth conference titled “Conversation with the Vice President and Young People” and praised him as a humble and unselfish leader who gives young people hope for a brighter Africa.

Dr Howard-Taylor praised Osinbajo, calling him “the most humble politician in Africa,” adding that aspiring leaders across the continent should get tremendous inspiration from Osinbajo’s modesty and dedication to public service.

Nearly 400 young Liberians attended the event in which the Vice President was awarded a Distinguished Service to Humanity medal for his outstanding contributions to the progress of Nigeria, Liberia, West Africa, and the rest of the African continent.

Mr Benjamin Sanvee, the event organiser and a young activist, presented the Vice President with a plaque and stated the honour was given in recognition of “all your service, everything that you have done and will continue to do.”

Earlier in the chat with young Liberians, Vice President Osinbajo fielded questions and discussed the importance of drawing lessons from one’s past.

He said, “Every sensible person learns from history rather than from experience because if you wait to learn from experience, you will suffer. What you are supposed to do with history and your past is to learn from it and never let it repeat itself.

“One of the most important things for young people is that you must always remember that your history is not your destiny; it is just part of your story. Your destiny is what you have decided, where you are going, and you will get there as long as you don’t allow the tyrant and oppressor of history to hold you back.”

There were many young people in the hall, and the vice president encouraged them to take advantage of the potential presented by modern technologies to further their own educational and economic development.

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