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Osinbajo: Merit, Not Federal Character, Should Determine Government Appointment by TheRareGem1(f): 7:16am On Oct 04, 2020
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has said for the country to attain economic growth and development, the dominant principle when appointing people into public offices should be merit rather than federal character.

He stated this amid grievances in some quarters over the lopsided appointment of persons into national offices by the current regime led by the President, Muhammadu Buhari (retd).

Osinbajo spoke at a webinar on Saturday organised by the Nigeria Leadership Initiative, led by a former Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Olusegun Aganga.

The Vice-President, who was the keynote speaker at the webinar monitored by our correspondent, spoke on the theme, ‘Rebuilding our national value system.’

He said the country’s value system must be established in such a way that it would reward talent and enterprise towards economic growth and sustainable development.

He said, “A value system rewards talent and enterprise, and it is talent and enterprise that will drive sustainable growth. I need to make this point because time and time again, we get arguments around whether the appointment of persons into public institutions should be based on federal character. The dominant principle should be merit.

“Federal character is essentially affirmative to create a balance, but even if we are to create that balance, it should still be based on merit. For example, if we are to reserve an office for a particular zone, that zone should be able to produce the best (candidate).”

Osinbajo said the values that needed to be instilled among the citizens include integrity, dignity, national responsibility and unity, and patriotism – adding that this was why the President recently launched the National Ethics & Integrity Policy.

“The point to be noted is that practically all discussions on our national odyssey so far centre around development, and for good reasons, this is by far the most important dynamic in measuring individual or communal success.

“I am focussed on the existential role of values in the socioeconomic development of any nation. The value system we need is the one that promotes our economic development. It must also be capable of engendering unity. The end result will be the creation of a happy society,” he added.

The special guest of honour at the event, Gen Yakubu Gowon (retd), said history was replete with the stories of societies and nations that succeeded under shared common values, and those that floundered due to the lack of those values.

He said, “The most profound example of an institutionalised well-grounded value system is the military. We are trained on the critical values of discipline, loyalty, patriotism, commitment, seeking the common good, justice and equity, and defending the territorial integrity of our country without prejudice.

“In my view, any progress made by a nation through the exercise of political power without a value system is unsustainable. Therefore, we need to have a value system that is shared by every component of society. The society of today is different from the one we grew in where values such as patriotism, integrity, honesty, contentment, refusal to steal either privately or publicly, good neighbourliness, commitment to community, and seeking the common good were the order of the day.”

Gowon also called for the reintroduction of history and civic education to schools, adding, “the National Youth Service Corps scheme should also be reengineered as originally envisaged to serve as a programme during which value-based leadership principles are discussed and encouraged.”

Also speaking, a former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and the patron of NLI, Dr Christopher Kolade, said a national dialogue on value system was long overdue.

“We cannot achieve sustainable economic growth and development unless we build on a solid foundation and develop people who are community-spirited and who consistently live on agreed national values,” he said.

The event – which was co-moderated by a public administrator, Prof Tunji Olaopa, and media consultant, Mrs Eugenia Abu – featured panellists, including the Senate Speaker, Dr Ahmad Lawan; Chairman, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Mrs Ibukun Awosika; Chairman of Channels Media Group, Dr John Momoh; and Rhodes Professor in Race Relations at Oxford University, Wale Adebanwi.

Lawan said in spite of the country’s diversity, the value system should unify everyone for sustainable development.

Momoh said the media played an important role in promoting the value system as an institution that shaped popular opinion and perspectives.

Awosika said educational infrastructure should be able to deliver the right human capital for economic development.

In his opening remarks, the Chairman of the Organising Committee, NLI Webinar Series, Mallam Yusuf Ibrahim, said the objective was to start a national conversation on value-based leadership.

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Re: Osinbajo: Merit, Not Federal Character, Should Determine Government Appointment by FarahAideed: 7:19am On Oct 04, 2020
You see why Buhari and northerners can never support this man

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Re: Osinbajo: Merit, Not Federal Character, Should Determine Government Appointment by SmartProf(m): 7:19am On Oct 04, 2020
Oga u have spoken well. The so called federal character is even skewed to favour those from a certain abokki region. That's how they carried one expired quota system lawyer and recommended to ICC. His IQ was too low for even phase one of the screening, so ICC evicted him with a straight red card. I'm sure ICC may even have warned him not to check their application portal again.

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Re: Osinbajo: Merit, Not Federal Character, Should Determine Government Appointment by lamentor78(m): 7:21am On Oct 04, 2020
If is merit North will not even smell any appointments, example, the nomination for ICC, the olodo High Court

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Re: Osinbajo: Merit, Not Federal Character, Should Determine Government Appointment by okefrancis: 7:21am On Oct 04, 2020
This is very good point sir, someone needs to be appointed with merit and not just whom I know to make things work well

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Re: Osinbajo: Merit, Not Federal Character, Should Determine Government Appointment by TheRareGem1(f): 7:24am On Oct 04, 2020
FarahAideed:
You see why Buhari and northerners can never support this man

Because he says the truth every time

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Re: Osinbajo: Merit, Not Federal Character, Should Determine Government Appointment by TheRareGem1(f): 7:24am On Oct 04, 2020
HalimaIsrael13:
grin but prof you're part of the government na, why not do something about it instead of raising alarm like an activist

Read the content. Not just the headline lad.

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Re: Osinbajo: Merit, Not Federal Character, Should Determine Government Appointment by midolian(m): 7:25am On Oct 04, 2020
FarahAideed:
You see why Buhari and northerners can never support this man

You guys can never be pleased..

If we go with merit, you pipu will complain your people are not well represented..yen yen yen..Is it only a particular region that has competent hands?.. and all..

Best for a nation like ours, filled with people with deep-rooted tribalistic sentiments is Federal Character.

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Re: Osinbajo: Merit, Not Federal Character, Should Determine Government Appointment by SLAP44: 7:25am On Oct 04, 2020
HalimaIsrael13:
grin but prof you're part of the government na, why not do something about it instead of raising alarm like an activist

This man with his hypocritical views cheesy

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Re: Osinbajo: Merit, Not Federal Character, Should Determine Government Appointment by Nobody: 7:28am On Oct 04, 2020
Slave

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Re: Osinbajo: Merit, Not Federal Character, Should Determine Government Appointment by FarahAideed: 7:30am On Oct 04, 2020
midolian:


You guys can never be pleased..

If we go with merit, you pipu will complain your people are not well represented..yen yen yen..Is it only a particular region that has competent hands and all..

Best for a nation like ours, filled with people with deep-rooted tribalistic sentiments is Federal Character.

I support what he has said but this is not the right time to say it

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Re: Osinbajo: Merit, Not Federal Character, Should Determine Government Appointment by TheRareGem1(f): 7:31am On Oct 04, 2020
FarahAideed:


I support what he has said but this is not the right time to say it

Oh. When is the right time to say it?

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Re: Osinbajo: Merit, Not Federal Character, Should Determine Government Appointment by helinues: 7:36am On Oct 04, 2020
Easier said than done

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Re: Osinbajo: Merit, Not Federal Character, Should Determine Government Appointment by helinues: 7:37am On Oct 04, 2020
FarahAideed:


I support what he has said but this is not the right time to say it

Bikonu, when exactly is the right time?

You guys should stop opposing anything for opposing sake

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Re: Osinbajo: Merit, Not Federal Character, Should Determine Government Appointment by JudasNaCarrot: 7:40am On Oct 04, 2020
Remove quota system and see the North go nut.

They cant do without the "push and start" quota system because 98% of them ain't qualified for any job or appointment.
The Northerners, especially the muslims amongst them are empty headed.

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Re: Osinbajo: Merit, Not Federal Character, Should Determine Government Appointment by Racoon(m): 7:41am On Oct 04, 2020
cheesy Good! Remove quota system & see how this country develops unlike the nepotic & clannish appointments the senile man has given Nigeria today.

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Re: Osinbajo: Merit, Not Federal Character, Should Determine Government Appointment by omenka(m): 7:41am On Oct 04, 2020
FarahAideed:


I support what he has said but this is not the right time to say it
Oga shut up. It will never be the right time as long as it is coming form Osinbajo or anyone affiliated with APC. You just can't cloak for hate for a split second.

Disgusting.

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Re: Osinbajo: Merit, Not Federal Character, Should Determine Government Appointment by FarahAideed: 7:42am On Oct 04, 2020
omenka:
You also must be a Northerner to have sworn over your dead body to see anything good in the "fake pastor".

Sadly for you, this gentleman will.be your next president.

Uche Secondus just told you people Atiku will be granted pdp ticket yet again. All your years of slaving for the pdp still came to nothing. What a glowing pity.

I am one of the greatest supporters of Osinbanjo here , I have never hidden my belief in him to make a goo president ... But if he say appointments should only be on Merit then the south will fill up 90 percent of all appointment slots in Nigeria and no northerner wants to hear that

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Re: Osinbajo: Merit, Not Federal Character, Should Determine Government Appointment by Charmingrascal(m): 7:44am On Oct 04, 2020
The North getting 500 plus slot in DSS while the entire South got just 56 slots means Southerners are not meritorious

Osinbanjo no vex me!

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Re: Osinbajo: Merit, Not Federal Character, Should Determine Government Appointment by Ebenezar2021: 7:45am On Oct 04, 2020
Then you want Arewa boys to start wailing of marginalization because when it comes to merit then obviously they'd be found wanting

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Re: Osinbajo: Merit, Not Federal Character, Should Determine Government Appointment by Ebenezar2021: 7:46am On Oct 04, 2020
Charmingrascal:
The North getting 500 plus slot in DSS while the entire South got just 56 slots is also competency.


Osinbanjo no vex me!
it's obvious that shit was a propaganda

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Re: Osinbajo: Merit, Not Federal Character, Should Determine Government Appointment by Arrewa: 7:47am On Oct 04, 2020
SmartProf:
Oga u have spoken well. The so called federal character is even skewed to favour those from a certain abokki region. That's how they carried one expired quota system lawyer and recommended to ICC. His IQ was too low for even phase one of the screening, so ICC evicted him with a straight red card. I'm sure ICC may even have warned him not to check their application portal again.
an average illiterate in the north is more political enlighten than a professor in the east.

A typical Fulani man is a brilliant, intelligent creature, usually blessed with a natural leadership acumen.

When educated, they tend to excel & dominate wherever they're found hence their exploits. You think Amina Mohammed is the UN Dep. Sec. Gen. just because she is Fulani?

Save yourselves from this self consuming bigotry and hatred towards a great people and be useful to yourselves.
Who God has blessed, no man can curse...

Observe this picture... You'll see three 3 Fulanis... One is the president of Nigeria... The other two are piloting the affair of the United Nation

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Re: Osinbajo: Merit, Not Federal Character, Should Determine Government Appointment by Arrewa: 7:47am On Oct 04, 2020
lamentor78:
If is merit North will not even smell any appointments, example, the nomination for ICC, the olodo High Court
I pray they bring merit on board.

Igbos will cry marginalization tire!

You think being intelligent is by speaking English??

Being intelligent is all about being logical, strategic and understanding the concept of your course.

The Easterners are not intelligent... Politically and socially.

That's why we will continue to dominate you... Either you like it or not.

Keep deceiving yourself that we are all illiterates.

It's of our own advantage.

This is my state kano...

The state of illiterates and backwardness

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Re: Osinbajo: Merit, Not Federal Character, Should Determine Government Appointment by Arrewa: 7:48am On Oct 04, 2020
JudasNaCarrot:
Remove quota system and see the North go nut.

They cant do without the "push and start" quota system because 98% of them ain't qualified for any job or appointment.
The Northerners, especially the muslims amongst them are empty headed.
the media will never show you the innovation that is currently going on in the north.

Nigerian Mechanical Engineering student, Usman Dalhatu made this portable automatic ventilator. He is a 200 level student of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU).
After being empowered by Gombe state Governor he transformed his emergency ventilator idea into portable E-vent automatic ventilator

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Re: Osinbajo: Merit, Not Federal Character, Should Determine Government Appointment by Arrewa: 7:48am On Oct 04, 2020
Ebenezar2021:
Then you want Arewa boys to start wailing of marginalization because when it comes to merit then obviously they'd be found wanting
Arewa youths are not what your media is portraying them.

This is Nigerian Computer Scientist, Dr. Bashir Isa Dodo, from Katsina State. He has a PhD in computer science. As a student, he won the "Best Student Paper" at the BIO-IMAGING conference in Portgual, for the development of a new algorithm that can separate retina into seven individual layers to quickly diagnose eye diseases...

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Re: Osinbajo: Merit, Not Federal Character, Should Determine Government Appointment by Arrewa: 7:49am On Oct 04, 2020
Racoon:
cheesy Good! Remove quota system & see how this country develops unlike the nepotic & clannish appointments the senile man has given Nigeria today.
Two Ladies from Northern Nigeria Shamsiyya Jibo and Halima Hussein Serving in the United State US Military.

Jibo is a sniper

Your media will never show you this...

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Re: Osinbajo: Merit, Not Federal Character, Should Determine Government Appointment by omenka(m): 7:49am On Oct 04, 2020
FarahAideed:


I am one of the greatest supporters of Osinbanjo here , I have never hidden my belief in him to make a goo president ... But if he say appointments should only be on Merit then the south will fill up 90 percent of all appointment slots in Nigeria and no northerner wants to hear that
Bloody shameless liar. You hate the man with all the cells in your body, not because he has done anything wrong but simply because he is affiliated with APC and Tinubu.

It is simply what you die hard pdp fanatics are hardwired to do. It is the reason you see your brother simply type *slave* up there. Now, someone who doesn't know you guys would probably be wondering what prompted him to type that even though what the VP said was in order.

Didn't read beyond the first line of whatever gibberish you typed there by the way.

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Re: Osinbajo: Merit, Not Federal Character, Should Determine Government Appointment by BigSarah(f): 7:54am On Oct 04, 2020
Impossicant, Merit has no business in appointments in Nigeria...

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Re: Osinbajo: Merit, Not Federal Character, Should Determine Government Appointment by FarahAideed: 7:55am On Oct 04, 2020
omenka:
Bloody shameless liar. You hate the man with all the cells in your body, not because he has done anything wrong but simply because he is affiliated with APC and Tinubu.

It is simply what you die hard pdp fanatics are hardwired to do. It is the reason you see your brother simply type *slave* up there. Now, someone who doesn't know you guys would probably be wondering what prompted him to type that even though what the VP said was in order.

Didn't read beyond the first line of whatever gibberish you typed there by the way.

You are right I hate the fact he is affiliated with APC and Tinubu

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Re: Osinbajo: Merit, Not Federal Character, Should Determine Government Appointment by omenka(m): 8:04am On Oct 04, 2020
FarahAideed:


You are right I hate the fact he is affiliated with APC and Tinubu
Good. Then stop pretending and saying trash like *the timing of what he said is wrong*, because as long as he remains connected to Tinubu and APC, it will NEVER be right in your eyes, not the timing nor whatever it is he does.

We know all of you, probably better than you know yourselves.

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