Osinbajo: Leaders Inspired By Personal Profit Cannot Bring About National Transformation

Osinbajo: Leaders Inspired By Personal Profit Cannot Bring About National Transformation

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has expressed that only leaders who do not pursue personal profit can bring about national transformation.

According to a statement by Laolu Akande, spokesperson to the vice-president, Osinbajo said this on Friday at the first annual general assembly of the ‘Catholics in Politics and Catholic Business Leaders’.

He spoke on the theme, ‘The Advancement of the Common Good towards Justice, Unity, Structure and Development of Nigeria.’

He stated that transformational leadership, particularly in a multi-ethnic and multi-faceted country like Nigeria, is needed as its primary focus is the pursuit of the common good to ensure fairness, justice, unity and development.

“History teaches us that everywhere there has been a national transformation, it has been brought about by public-spirited men and women of goodwill who, inspired by their belief in a higher purpose other than their own profit, have entered the public square to champion the common good,” he said.

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“Building credible institutions of justice, the rule of law and orderly society are crucial expressions of the pursuit of the common good.

“The purpose of power is service, not domination; it is to uplift and empower others rather than to control or oppress. This is a model of leadership that is inseparable from our conception of the common good.

“Transformational leadership is, therefore, the pursuit of the common good. But the pursuit of the common good itself is not as easy as it sounds. This is especially so where the wounds and enmities of ethnic and religious conflicts are deep.

“The common type of leadership will seek the path of relevance and popularity within their own ethnic or religious camps by seeking only the good of their own. The servant-leader will serve his people by emphasising the letter and spirit of the gospel, that even our worst enemies were still made in the image of God

“And the pursuit of the common good is the pursuit of the good of those who hate us and have hurt us even in the recent past.

“Transformational leadership means that we do not mourn and condemn the killing of those who belong to our own tribe or faith alone, or seek justice for ours alone, because all men are equal before God, and that the pain and anguish of a mother’s loss of a child, is not different from one faith or tongue to the other.”


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