Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has urged youths to learn from history rather than repeat it or allow it to jeopardise a better future.
According to a statement issued on Tuesday by his spokesman, Laolu Akande, the Vice President said this at a youth forum to mark the 60th birthday of the Liberian Vice President, Dr Jewel Howard-Taylor, in Monrovia, Liberia on Monday.
Responding to questions during a conversation with the Liberian youths, Osinbajo urged them to learn from past experience.
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 bear in mind all the time 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.”
The Vice President also urged young people to leverage opportunities offered by emerging technologies to improve themselves educationally and economically, noting that the benefits of technological innovations are numerous.
Osinbajo was received in Monrovia by President George Weah who held talks with him and expressed appreciation for his one-day visit.
The Liberian President, his deputy, and different Liberian groups welcomed and decorated Osinbajo with traditional recognitions and awards.
Osinbajo was also honoured also with an award of Distinguished Service to Humanity – for his exemplary service to the development of Nigeria, Liberia, West Africa, and Africa- by Liberian youths, about 400 of whom were part of the event.
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