President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the country needed God-fearing leaders if she was to make reasonable progress in achieving set developmental goals, and warned that the result had been disastrous when godly leadership had eluded nations.
Buhari, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Office, Mrs. Ibukun Odusote, made this assertion, on Thursday in Abuja, when delivering the keynote address at the sixth National Prayer Breakfast meeting, organised by Christian Legislators of the National Assembly.
He said the need of a godly leader in our ever-changing world needn’t be stated repeatedly, adding that the time had come for Nigeria to have leaders who had a genuine intent to press public good.
He said the theme of the prayer session: “Godly leader in a changing world”, was not only timely, but well-thought-out, as it was in line with the change agenda of his administration from the spiritual perspective.
Buhari said a godly leader was marked by a servant attitude, transparent integrity, godly character, and faithfulness among others, for as he put it “godly leaders need to base their security and identity upon God, not in false sources of security. Godly leaders need to be examples worthy of emulation; godly leaders serve others, instead of demanding to be served; they need to accept the responsibility which God has given them. Godly leadership is marked by a servant attitude, and a godly leader must be a man with godly commitments.”
Furthermore, Buhari said the world was changing fast, every day, and nations, as well as leaders, were being compelled to be abreast of the changes or get left behind.
He added that, “We are living in a world that is changing at an extremely rapid pace. Leaders everywhere confront a set of irrevocable imperatives; changing realities driven by profound social, political and technological changes. We face continual increases in computing power, the rapid diversification of the work-force, the globalisation of the economy, and the relentless upward pace of business – all at an ever-accelerating rate of change. All these changes, which impact institutions of all types, put new stresses on leaders, and require not simply new strategies, but new levels of being in relationship with their communities, with themselves and their Maker.”
The President of the Christian Legislators of the National Assembly, Senator Barnabas Gemade, said the body was formed to enable Christian legislators and those that work with them to impact, positively, on their work environment and also on those around them, and help provide godly leadership in national life.
Lawmakers under the umbrella of the body, he said seek “to make laws that will fulfill God’s plan for humanity, to shine the light of God and show His love to all those that we come in contact with, and to win souls for the kingdom of God.”