Aug 1, 2021

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Leaders should remain calm in crisis — Osinbajo

Prof Osinbajo made this assertion, yesterday, during the 25th year anniversary conference of the Redeemer’s International Leadership Academy, with the theme: Winning in Adversity. The event was organised by the Redeemed Christian Church of God.

The Vice President said: “It is in times of adversity or difficulty, or hardship that leaders are most relevant and needed.

“A leader cannot afford to lose his cool or his focus. He must calm himself down and calm the people down as well.”He said: “When all is well, there is no need for guidance, encouragement or instruction. But, it is especially in the midst of wars, conflicts, insurgency, famines, danger, and fear, that people look to leadership.”

Referencing the story of Moses and the Israelites in the Bible, Prof. Osinbajo noted that “Moses looked up to God for help and God spoke to him. But, note that Moses first gave the people confidence in the power of God to deliver and fulfil His promises.

“He had not yet heard from God on this particular problem, but because he knew the God he served, he was able to say this with confidence.”

In the virtual keynote address at the conference of the Redeemer’s International Leadership Academy, the Vice President stressed the need for leaders to remain unruffled because “in adversity, especially where the future looks bleak, people want to give up, retreat, go back and they certainly don’t want to go forward.”

Osinbajo himself, an alumnus of the Academy, then encouraged leaders, particularly Christian leaders, to act in faith and not fear, when they are faced with a crisis, especially existential crisis.

His words: “God knows all things; we must obey in faith even when we are afraid. This is the burden of leadership, especially leadership according to the principles of scripture.”

In attendance at the conference were Assistant Continental Overseer, Research and Development of the RCCG, Pastor A. A. Bolarinwa; Intercontinental Overseer for Corporate Social Responsibility and Pastor in Charge, RCCG Region 20, Pastor Idowu Iluyomade and the Acting Rector, RILA, Pastor Banky Ladele

There were also business and secular speakers at the event including Mr. Kayode Pitan, CEO/Managing Director of the Bank of Industry; Mrs Ndidi Nwuneli, Managing Partner, Sahel Consulting; Mrs Adenike Adeyemi, Executive Director, Fate Foundation and Mrs Oluwatoyin Asiru-Balogun, the CEO TY Farm Place.