There are still some good leaders in the world but are hard to come by. The definition of a leader is relative; however, a good leader is known by his/her selfless service to his/her subjects. The great Mandela is dead and has gone to join his ancestors; but he left behind a foot print that cannot be matched neither can it be duplicated. Mandela was the man of his people. A good leader will be loved by his people because he laid his life for the liberation of his people.

Most leaders in the world today are like the Pharisees and Scribes that our Lord Jesus condemned their activities as being hypocritical.

The Bible says,

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone (Matt. 23:23).

The leadership of most leaders in our societies and heads of nation in the world fall under Jesus’ description of the Pharisees. Most of them are corrupt, driven by power and self-ego. They became leaders with the promise of governing their people in this form “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of (whatever position), and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend my country”; only to deny their avowal later. Many of them heap up riches at the expense of their people.

History recycles; our leaders are not learning from history. Most wicked leaders in our society perished when their wickedness cup overflows. In 1989, South African apartheid president P. W. Botha had a stroke and could not rule, this paved the way for the release of Nelson Mandela from prison; which eventually led to the liberation of the people of South Africa from apartheid regime. To the South Africans, that is their Moses. His 27 years imprisonment is like the self exile of Moses in the wilderness of Paran for 40years; only to come back later to deliver the Israelites.

Most leaders in the world today rule without the fear of God; they go after money and power and forget the essential reason for their leadership; they rule without justice, without mercy and without love for their people. O little tyrant of infinitesimal; that is what they are.

The Bible says the wicked shall be cut off. We have seen many wicked leaders dying prematurely; some struck by deadly diseases, while many left their people on self exile. They are power drunk and greedy. The evil they perpetrated against their people hunt them. That is why many cannot hand over power to democratically elected incoming leader.

Mandela’s journey from prison to presidency is like the journey of Joseph from prison to pharaoh’s palace. To some leaders, that presidency would be an opportunity for them to become a life president; But not so with Nelson Mandela. He spent only one term and showed himself as an example to emulate, and hand over power to the succeeding elected president.

Mandela was an example of a good leader in this generation. He is worth emulating; an example for the present world leaders, our church and community leaders to follow his footstep – selfless service and the man of his people.

Jesus Christ laid His life for you and me; let us follow His footstep.


By Lawrence Abitogun

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About the Author

Lawrence B. Abitogun, called by the special grace of the Almighty God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by the empowerment of the Holy Ghost, witnessing and preaching the gospel to the world, was born to a Christian parents at Uso, Ondo state, Nigeria. He received his elementary and secondary education in Nigeria from 1959-1971. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Science in Industrial Arts at North Texas State University, Denton TX USA in 1979 and 1982 respectively.

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