Why leaders must remain calm in crises – Osinbajo

Chimezie Godfrey

Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has urged leaders in the country to remain calm in the midst of adversity so that the people being led will follow in their footsteps.

He made this assertion Saturday at the 25th year anniversary conference of the Redeemer’s International Leadership Academy themed: “ in Adversity, organised the Redeemed Christian of God”. 

Prof Osinbajo said,“it is in times of adversity or difficulty, or hardship leaders are most relevant and most needed. 

“The leader cannot afford to lose his cool or his focus. He must calm himself down and calm the people down as well.” 

The Vice President added,” 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 fulfill His promises. 

“He had not 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 at the conference of the Redeemer’s International Leadership Academy, the VP stressed the need for leaders to remain unruffled because “in adversity, especially where the future looks bleak, people to give up, retreat, go back and they certainly ’t to go forward.” 

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

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

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

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.