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It is gratifying that my humble survey has established our two living examples of Nigerians who are perceived by their countrymen and women as having attained the principled level of morality. It is even more so that other names have featured that one might not have thought of about a decade ago. Even more so are those who nominated themselves. Of the 8 people, there are 5 professors, one press man, one medical doctor, and one peace practitioner. As one of them said (after nominating Gani Fawehinmi): I’m also prepared, but yet unknown (I laugh!). Mr. Vice-Chancellor Sir, I choose to take these highly educated Nigerians at their word while waiting for their opportunity to prove it to the whole country whenever the occasion arises for them to do so. Research ethics would not permit me to disclose the identity of any respondent. Anyway, that one is prepared to die for a causedoes not mean that one wil actually die. It only confirms the saying of the philosopher-statesman Obafemi Awolowo that it is not life that matters, but the courage you put into it What then follows from our appraisal of these two complementary theories? Firstly, cognitive development and moral development are interrelated. Jean Piaget submitted in The Psychology of the Child as follows: Affectivity constitutes the energetic of behaviour patterns whose cognitive aspect refers to structures alone. There is no behaviour pattern, however intellectual which does not involve affective factors as motives; but reciprocally, there can be no affective states without the intervention of perceptions or comprehensions which constitute their cognitive structure‌55

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Jean Piaget and Barbel Inhelder (1979) The psychology of the child (translated by Helen Weaver), Routledge and Kegan Paul p. 159.

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Professor Oluremi Aina Bamisaiye University Lecture  

University LEcture

Professor Oluremi Aina Bamisaiye University Lecture  

University LEcture

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