Why Osinbajo will be my Val!
Feb. 14, 2020
- A love note to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
I’m in love with the Vice - President because of the undiluted love he has for his country and her citizens. This is unprecedented. It is an attribute that one notices immediate you come across him, I don’t know if this maybe one of the reason I fell in love with the VP.
It is very easy to love those who have the capacity to help us or return favors but when you see the manifestation of the open heartedness of Prof. Osinbajo when he is interacting with children, either as pupils in schools or even Almajeri’s running alongside his convoy whenever he visits Northern Nigeria, it leaves you speechless.
On the other hand if the cameras are switched to him relating with the aged in the society a little glimpse which we see when he goes on his citizenry visitations, we’d see the bright smiles from gummy mouths as these septuagenarians as they are regaled with tales and jokes.
Great leaders are fueled by love – they love what they do and they love the people they do it with. Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo, reinvented Pepsi by caring for people and the planet, pushing PepsiCo towards becoming a “green company.”
Basketball coaching legend John Wooden, who won a record 10 NCAA titles, considers love the “most powerful thing there is”. The power of love powered his coaching career, exclaiming, “Your players must know that you care for them more than just as athletes. Certainly, they understand that they are there because of their athletic ability. But when you have them under your supervision, it’s up to you to make sure that they understand that you care for them as individuals. I’ve never had one I didn’t love.”
Wooden must have learnt from Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, which states “he who loves them as his own beloved sons, they will stand by him until death”.
Surprisingly, we find high levels of trust in military leaders. Most expect fear to be the dominant leadership style but according to retired colonel Scott Snook, it boils down to love, adding that “it’s a deep abiding love and respect for one’s comrades” that matters most in battle.
A study by sociologists Shils and Janowitz attempted to understand why soldiers fought till death and concluded: "A soldier continued to fight well beyond the point when the battle was lost as long as he gave affection to and received affection from the other members of his squad.
Evidently, if love is the touchstone of leadership in a vocation as violent as the military, this was awesomely displayed by the VP who, having escaped an air crash, still went on to attend the event as scheduled. It was indeed a display of genuine Love and respect for the masses.
Prof. Osinbajo also once declined an honour by The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism to protest the disrespect for the rule of law and also in consideration of the clamouring of the people; what a manner of man!
As a tutor and genius, many of his students are now household names; displaying what they learnt from the guru in various fields as a Teacher, an Attorney, Justice Commissioner, a Pastor and now the Vice President.
Prof. Yemi Osinbajo SAN is not only a role model to young Nigerians but the new face of hope. That is why today, being the 14th day of February, I choose the Vice President as my Val, for the true love he has displayed for Nigerians and Nigeria; especially his candid belief in her prospect to the World.
Happy Valentine’s day Nigeria.