(BY NGOZI ADIGHIBE)
“To have power but refuse to misuse it to prove a point as Jesus did; to have money but refuse to display it; to have eloquence but refuse to “parrot it”; to gain victory but refuse to be carried away; to be great and even of royal birth, yet serve the poorest of the poor; to succeed but remembers that God did it; to be knowledgeable, but remembers that we know only in part – this is humility, which is the primary quality of a servant.”
Speaking on the theme for the 2019 Diocesan Synod, “Servant-Leadership,” the Bishop of the Diocese of Abuja described Jesus Christ as the greatest leader and teacher, who taught His disciples the timeless lesson of servant leadership in both word and deed. Archbishop Okoh defined leadership as having nothing to do with imposing one’s position or views on others, but rather having the capacity to lead. He explained that a leader must be an individual with a vision, one who motivates, serves, listens to, and manages others. Listing out other elements of the art of leading, the Cleric stated that “Leadership that does not influence and make servants out of subjects cannot pass the test of servant-leadership.” He said just as Jesus served obediently like a slave, Christians ought to do likewise and wholeheartedly serve the society in their different calling.
On the state of the nation, Primate Okoh described as worrisome the renewed rampage of killer herdsmen and bandits around the country, calling on the Federal government to wake up to their foremost responsibility of security of lives and properties of the citizenry. He termed as a good step in the right direction the signing of the New Minimum Wage bill, but called on the administration to remember pensioners and on workers to be dedicated. He congratulated all the winners of the 2019 general elections, commending aggrieved parties and persons for seeking redress in the law courts, rather than taking laws into their hands. He appealed to the government to create employment opportunities for the youth, so they can live purposeful lives and further urged the present administration to deal decisively with the problem of power, which is paramount for economic growth and stability.