TRUE LEADER: AT PEACE WITH HIMSELF, By Evangelist Joseph U. Afurobi


Territory of the authoritative and wicked ruler is full of crisis: bloodshed, killings, and gross violation of human rights. His religious bigotry, is betrayed by the wanton destruction of lives and property with his territory. On the contrary, the domain of the upright leader is in relative peace. There is law and order there.

Bad rulers engender instability, rebel activities, civil wars, banditry, name them. The longer they hold on to power, the more they hold the masses to ransom; plunging them into more sufferings and deaths. And the more his political opponents are being rounded up, and detained for trumped up charges.

Wicked rulers have acute sense of insecurity around them, even when they are heavily guarded. They hardly trust people; even close relatives and friends. They don’t have lasting friends; friends today, enemies tomorrow. These tyrants are always apprehensive of the unknown. They are apprehensive of their secret dealing being exposed: massive diversion of the countries’ wealth; secret killings of political opponents, and so on.

Therefore, they put in place all forms of security networks around them, and their immediate families. Yet, their minds are not at rest. “But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, said my God, to the wicked”—Isaiah 57:20-21.

A former Nigerian Military ruler, was returning from a tour while still in power. His plane landed in the airport. He disembark, and was moving toward his waiting car. He was always looking back and sideways, as he rushed to enter his vehicle, despite the heavy security in the airport. One could read the apprehension on this face. He continued to look back like a frightened dog, until he entered motor and zoomed off. This man shed much blood when in power. While he was killing people, he was afraid to die. The wicked runs when no one is pursuing. Today, he is incapacitated.

There is virtue in uprightness, sincerity, and fairness, in one’s dealings with fellow humans. When he satisfies his conscience, that he is governing or operating with the fear of God, he is at peace with himself. He feels free to move around. Sometimes, he goes out unaccompanied by his security men. He doesn’t pretend to be humble. It is part and parcel of his life. He knows that one day, he will leave that position.

Suicide rate is very high, under regimes of dictators; apart from multitude dying of killings and hunger related ailments. Many kill themselves out of frustration of man-made harsh situation in the country. For instance, somebody graduated from University with excellent result. But, he can’t secure a job for many years, due to tribalism and nepotism in his country.

He has no god-father in position of authority, including in the Government to help him out. Some of his colleagues he is far better them have secured plumb jobs, due to tribal considerations. He comes from a very poor family background, no stipend, or any assistance from Government, or anywhere. He weighs the options, and decides to take his life.

A lot of people are facing frustrations from despot rulers. It may be in the area of non-payment of wages, and other entitlements. Is it in rising cost of living due to bad governance? He has family to cater for, including the school fees and feeding of the children. When the situation becomes unbearable, such person will contemplate committing suicide. Before dying, he will first curse those in authority, who have made life unbearable for persons like him.

God said, “Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, cry: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth. You have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; you have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter”_ James 5: 4-5

Some young people are taking away their lives after several failed attempts to gain admission into Institutions of Higher Learning in Nigeria. One of the reasons is the discriminatory cut-off marks, placed on candidates taking the JAMB, and other entrance examinations.

The cut-off marks are meant to favour candidates from Northern Nigeria, at the expense of Southerners. Sometimes, a candidate from South will score up to twice the marks scored by his Northern counterpart. Yet, he will not be admitted in a University; while the colleague from North will gain admission.

God Almighty will judge Britain, that imperialist nation, that brought about the evil amalgamation of Southern and Northern Nigeria. They have brought untold hardship to our people. Their evil machinations will find them out. The way out is the independence of Biafra. And it is now overdue.

Written By
Evangelist Joseph U. Afurobi