Founder of Living Faith Church Worldwide (Winners Chapel) and Chancellor of Covenant University, Bishop David Oyedepo has blamed lack of accountability as the problem with Nigerian leadership.
Daily Independent reports that the cleric, speaking via a member of the Covenant Board of Regents, Bishop Thomas Aremu made the affirmation while making an address at the 13 matriculation ceremony of the institution at Canaanland, Otta, Ogun State.
He said that “when the truth is off the street, destinies are trampled under feet.” adding that it is necessary to recapture the virtue of integrity in Nigerian society.
He said: “Someone has said, ‘people hear what you say, but they will only end up doing what you do.’ Leadership by example therefore is the greatest need of our time. Until you can boldly say, ‘follow me,’ you are not qualified to lead. This takes hard work, not of flesh and blood, not of strength and vigour, but of heart and conscience. It is working on oneself to be worthy of one vocation,”
He regretted that there was a dearth of leadership in Nigeria, saying that there were able men who could handle affairs, but they were mostly godless individuals.
In his words: “They have every kind of academic degree but lack of integrity has become the norm rather than the exception among the vast majority of them. Covetousness has also become the cancer of our leadership structure across the length and breadth of our great continent. Our vast natural resources as a people have become the private estate of our self-centred leaders in most cases. The conscience of many has been “seared with hot iron.” This is our awful situation today.
“Africa today is at the precipice of total collapse except a new generation of leaders takes the stage. I do believe that the greatest need of the 21st Century is that of leadership,” he added.