Bishop Urges Leaders To Desist From Bad Leadership

Bishop of Otukpo Diocese, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) Rt. Rev. David K. Bello has urged Nigerian leaders to refrain from subjecting the citizens to another round of slavery in their country through bad leadership and corruption, saying that the bane of the country is the inability to identify God fearing leaders who will work to restore the hope of the people.
He said that despite the 1933 abolition of slavery, it is very unfortunate that “our leaders still make us slaves in our country, as many of them who aspire to lead were never called or chosen by God, hence their usual failure”.
Bishop Bello, who was a special guest speaker, was speaking on the theme ‘Godly Leadership; The Elixir For A Disconsolate Citizenry’ during the 3rd session of the 13rd Synod of Asaba Diocese of Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) at St Matthew’s Anglican Church, Idumuje Ugboko, Aniocha North Local Government Area. He stated that there were two types of leaders, “those that are sent by God to build and improve the living standard of their followers, whereas they are those sent by the Satan who are usually out to destroy the public institutions or churches they were assigned to head”.
He emphasised that a leader is called to lead, has vision, he/she knows the best way and how to successfully achieve the objectives of his group, just as he knows how to use subordinates effectively, stressing that a good leader should always get close to his followers and the people, rather than relying on the reports or false information being given to him by sycophants.
Further delving into the characteristics of a good leader, the retired Army Colonel, stated that a good leader does not go to public office to enrich himself, but to serve the people who will in turn, look upon the leader with respect, stressing that a good leader shares leadership, seeks the opinion and contribution of his subordinates through effective delegation of functions.
He stated that since it is impossible for a leader to satisfy everybody, and as such, leadership should be seen as a thankless job.
The Bishop insisted that “as part of measures to ensure leadership success as a public officer, it is advisable to fire those subordinates or appointed assistants, whose activities have become clandestine in nature, swollen headed and may no longer take instructions from the boss”, saying that this category of appointees are common in the political arena, where everybody claims to be a leader, because power intoxicates.