In a situation where societal or governmental institutions are not strong enough to compell individual behaviour in a way that advances the common good, spirituality and commitment to such values as social justice and transparency are important.
According to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, “just looking at these values, there is a great deal of unanimity about what is the right thing to do. The question is whether or not you will do those things, or whether you are motivated enough to do them, or whether you are compelled to do them.
“Spirituality helps in that sense to help you to decide what to do and what not to do. Especially where institutions are not strong enough to restrain people from behaving in a particular way or not.”
This was one of the highlights of the interaction between the vice president and a group of Harvard Business School students who visited him on Friday at the Presidential Villa.
Numbering about a dozen, the students who are currently on an African excursion asked questions about leadership, faith, spirituality, government policies in education, health, economy, and national image, among others.
In his responses, the VP articulated his personal commitment to the virtues of integrity, transparency and social justice which are also virtues exhorted in the different faiths and religions in the country.
He said, “for me, spirituality connotes values. I came into government with values about what I think is important especially around…