Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has urged young people to learn from history rather than repeat it or allow it to jeopardise a better future.
Mr Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, said the vice president was the Special Guest of Honour at a youth forum to mark the 60th birthday of the Liberian Vice President, Dr Jewel Howard-Taylor, in Monrovia, Liberia.
The vice president was received in Monrovia by President George Weah who held talks with him and expressed appreciation for the vice president’s one-day visit.
The Liberian President, his deputy and different Liberian groups welcomed and decorated Osinbajo with traditional recognitions and awards.
Speaking at the youth forum themed “Conversation with the Vice President and Young People,” Howard-Taylor described her Nigerian counterpart as a humble and selfless leader who inspired hope for a better Africa.
“He is the most humble politician in Africa,” she said.
The Liberian vice president said that emerging leaders across the continent had so much to learn from his humility and commitment to service.
Mr Osinbajo was 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.
Presenting the award plaque to the vice president, the co-host of the event and youth activist, Benjamin Sanvee, said the award was in appreciation of Osinbajo’s service, everything he had done and would continue to do.
“This is in deep appreciation for years of stellar service to Nigeria, Liberia, to the ECOWAS region, the continent of Africa and the world at large.
“We, the youth of Liberia and by extension, the youth of Africa, are proud to present to you this symbol of appreciation.
“You are a shining example of an exceptional, selfless and exemplary leader, who is quietly and steadily, not just a source of inspiration for Africa’s youths, but you have impacted the lives of millions around the continent in so many ways.
“You are a rare and outstanding leader and we thank you for all that you do and will still continue to do.
“I present this plaque to you, on behalf of young Africans, as one of Africa’s most outstanding leaders,” he said.