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CATHOLIC WORLD

27 Oct 2021

FORMER ANGLICAN BISHOP, MICHAEL NAZIR-ALI, ORDAINED A CATHOLIC PRIEST.

English Cardinal Vincent Nichols on Saturday ordained a former Anglican bishop as a Catholic priest. The archbishop of Westminster described the ordination of Dr. Michael Nazir-Ali at an Oct. 30 Mass at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St. Gregory, Warwick Street, London, as “a moment of great joy.” “The Church places such trust and confidence in the effectiveness of the ordained ministry. So that is why this ordination is a moment of great joy,” the cardinal said in his homily at the live-streamed Mass. “It is a moment in which we ask the Lord to effect in you, Michael, a full inclusion into the ordained ministry of the Catholic Church. As the prayer we have just offered stated, here we seek to build on the fruitfulness of the priestly ministry you have faithfully exercised for so many years now.”

Nazir-Ali, the former Anglican bishop of Rochester, England, entered into full communion with Rome within the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham on Sept. 29. The personal ordinariate was created by Benedict XVI in 2011 for groups of former Anglicans seeking to preserve elements of their patrimony. The 72-year-old who was once considered a possible future Archbishop of Canterbury, the spiritual leader of the world’s 85 million Anglicans, was ordained as a Catholic deacon on Oct. 28 by Archbishop Kevin McDonald, the emeritus archbishop of Southwark. “For you, Michael, this journey has been rich indeed, in its geography, in your journey of learning, of prayer, of public ministry, and of decision,” Nichols said. “We welcome you most warmly on this day, especially into the very unique company of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.”

Nazir-Ali was born in Karachi, Pakistan, in 1949, and attended Catholic schools. He has both a Christian and a Muslim family background and holds British and Pakistani citizenship. He was ordained as an Anglican clergyman in 1976, working in Karachi and Lahore. He became provost of Lahore Cathedral and was consecrated the first bishop of Raiwind in West Punjab. Nazir-Ali was appointed bishop of Rochester, southeast England, in 1994. Married with two children, he served as a member of the House of Lords, Britain’s upper house of Parliament, from 1999. He took part in the second phase of the Anglican and Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC-II) and was a member of the International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity and Mission (IARCCUM). In 2002, the U.K. media identified him as one of the favorites to succeed the retiring Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. George Carey. He was quoted at the time as saying that he was the target of a racist smear campaign and he remained as bishop of Rochester until 2009. He has served as president of the Oxford Centre for Training, Research, Advocacy, and Dialogue (OXTRAD) since stepping down as bishop of Rochester. In his homily, Nichols reflected on “two key characteristics of the Church: its cohesion and its mission.” He said that neither quality was “easy to put into practice and sustain.” “Indeed, we read in the Acts of the Apostles, the first practical problems emerge immediately for the infant Church. The first: how to replace Judas, whose heart had been totally corrupted by greed?” the 75-year-old cardinal said. “It is not without consequence that the first words spoken on this matter were the words of Peter, leading decisively to the course to be taken. The Petrine ministry is part of the gift given to the Church to sustain its cohesion of life and action.” He went on: “So too in its mission. We read in the Acts of the Apostles that after the great event of Pentecost, as the mission of the Church explodes into life, it is Peter who ‘stood up with the Eleven and addressed them (the crowd) in a loud voice’ (Acts 2:14). Already the challenge of the mission of the Church is clear, for that crowd consisted of people ‘from every nation under heaven.’” “Our mission is always shaped, then, by the interface between the joy of the Gospel truth and the history and cultures of those to whom it is being addressed. And that dynamic, too, comes under the guidance of the Successor of Peter and those around him, and one with him, in the ministry of oversight.” Looking toward Nazir-Ali, he said: “Michael, you have so much experience in this interface and I am confident that your insight and learning will enrich this mission, from within the visible unity of the Catholic Church.” The Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St. Gregory, Warwick Street, is the central church of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. Msgr. Keith Newton, the ordinariate’s leader, who is based in the parish, took part in the Mass, which was also attended by Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham, as well as three Anglican bishops. The Ordinariate Use Mass featured the well-known Prayer of Humble Access, composed by Thomas Cranmer, a leading figure in the English Reformation. Speaking at the end of the Mass, Newton said: “Let me congratulate Fr. Michael on his ordination to the priesthood in the Catholic Church. We welcome you particularly to the presbyterate of the personal ordinariate of Our Lady Walsingham.” “Know, Michael, that you are amongst friends here, because all of us have made the journey that you’ve made. It’s not always easy. But we’ve done it in the pursuit of truth and the unity of the Church for which we prayed for so long.”

Addressing the congregation, Nazir-Ali reflected on his decision to become a Catholic. He said: “There are many reasons, of course, I don’t want to give them all, but first of all, to belong to a Church where decisions that affect everyone are actually made effective in the whole Church, where decisions stick.” “Secondly, where there is a clear body of teaching to which appeal can be made when that is necessary to do.” “And thirdly, where there is an adequate, sufficient teaching authority to guide the faithful in matters that are contentious in this culture, or that. Cardinal Nichols, of course, alluded to this in his homily.”

Explaining why he chose to become a Catholic “the ordinariate way,” he suggested that the Anglican and Catholic traditions could be mutually enriching.  “Whatever else Archbishop Cranmer’s gifts may or may not have been, I think beauty of language was certainly one of them. And I commend such beauty to liturgists today. It is not always a gift that is found among them in recent years, may I say,” he joked. “Secondly, an approach to the study of the Bible that is inductive, historical, and devotional at the same time.” “Thirdly, an approach to ministry that recognizes the wider community and is not simply restricted to the congregation.” He concluded: “So that is why I’ve done it and that is why I have done it in this way. Thank you for your love and your prayers and your patience. God bless you.”

The ordinariate priest Fr. James Bradley noted on his Twitter account on Sept. 5 that the following Anglican bishops have been received into the Catholic Church since 1992: Graham Leonard (London); Conrad Meyer; John Klyberg (Fulham); Richard Rutt (Leicester); John Broadhurst (Fulham); Edwin Barnes (Richborough); Keith Newton (Richborough); Andrew Burnham (Ebbsfleet); David Silk; Paul Richardson; John Goddard (Burnley); and Jonathan Goodall (Ebbsfleet). Many converts come from the Anglo-Catholic branch of the Church of England, which stresses Anglicanism’s Catholic heritage, but Nazir-Ali has long been associated with the evangelical wing. In an article for the Daily Mail newspaper on Oct. 17, Nazir-Ali said he hoped that by becoming a Catholic he could help the persecuted worldwide and Christians in Britain. “Hopefully, becoming an Ordinariate Catholic will enable me to support Christians closer to home who are marginalized and hounded by a liberal totalitarianism that demands total consensus,” he wrote. Nazir-Ali told the National Catholic Register on Oct. 25 that he would continue his “work of supporting and developing leadership among persecuted Christian communities” as he waits for ​“guidance from the ordinariate and Vatican authorities about the next steps.”

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EVENTS

6 Nov 2021

COLLEGE OF NURSING SCIENCES, AMAIGBO DAZZLES
… Celebrates Matriculation and Capping Ceremony

Saturday 30th of October 2021 was indeed filled with joy and excitement in the minds of the management and students of College of Nursing, St Mary's Joint Hospital, Amaigbo as they marked their 48th capping and matriculation ceremony of the 2020/2021 set of student nurses.

The eye-catching event brought about a large influx of dignitaries, visitors and well-meaning individuals whose attendance added color to the ceremony. The ceremony was inaugurated with the celebration of the Holy Mass presided over by the Catholic Bishop of Orlu, Most Rev. Augustine T. Ukwuoma, in con-celebration with priests in attendance.

Speaking during the homily, Bishop Ukwuoma stressed the irreplaceable role of nurses in the society, in saving and promoting lives at all cost. He decried the laissez-faire attitudes of some medical health practitioners which result in loss of lives. He expressed firmly that duties carried out by nurses should be seen and recognized as a response to the call and healing ministry of Jesus Christ. According to him, “Nurses and other medical health practitioners are hands and feet of our Lord Jesus Christ.” He ardently identified the medical work as a vocation and ministry. Lastly the Bishop advised the matriculants to be serious and focused in their formation, because in the future the lives of many will be entrusted into their care. He also urged them to imbibe the virtues of patience, love, care and the fear of God.

After the Eucharistic celebration, the day was coloured with other eye catching activities. Making the high table, were his Excellency, Most Rev. Augustine Ukwuoma alongside with the Chaplain, Rev. Fr Eburuaja Emmanuel; the former Chaplain, Rev. Fr. Kingsley Mgbeojirikwe; the Diocesan Health Coordinator, Rev. Fr. Remiguis Anyadioha; representative of Eze Nelson Nwosu (Igbo of Amaigo); Hon. Bernard Onuoha and other medical coordinators.

The Provost of the institution, Rev. Sis Mary-Thecla Ani, in a hearty disposition rendered her sentiments of appreciation to the Catholic Bishop of Orlu Diocese, Most Rev. Augustine Ukwuoma for his love, support and care towards the institution. She as well thanked the health coordinator, Chaplain, parents and visitors. In her address, she made known to all that the institution has been awarded full accreditation status for five years and has also evolved into a College of Nursing Sciences. Finally, she congratulated the matriculated candidates for successful elevation and capping. In time, the Bishop thanked the management and students of the institution and also congratulated the matriculated candidates. Subsequently, the Chaplain, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Eburuaja thanked the Bishop for his presence. He equally thanked the management, students and all present for the success of the event.

 

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LOCAL NEWS

26 Nov 2021

ST. DOMINIC SAVIO SECONDARY SCHOOL SET THE PACE IN PROMOTING IGBO CULTURE

Friday, 19th November 2021, was a colourful day for the staff and students of St. Dominic Savio Secondary School Ntueke, Ideato North L.G.A, as they celebrated their cultural fiesta in a bid to promote the Igbo culture. It started with the procession of students and various cultural and dancing groups to the Afor Ntueke Market, with different groups displaying their cultures with pride with their different dance troupe. The groups were led by the school principal, Rev. Fr. Paulinus Anabaraonye Okeke. Among the cultural dance troupe were Egwu Ogene, Egwu Owerri, Igba ndi Eze, Egedege Dance, Omalicha Dance, Flower girls Fashion dance etc.

This great citadel of learning has produced so many high profile individuals in the society, who have also contributed immensely to the society. One of such products of the school is Engr. Kingsley Ikejiofor, an alumnus who graduated from the school in 2005, and has recorded outstanding success in the building industry, who also happened to be the chairman of the occasion. He took time to address the students and to motivate them to aim higher and be focused in their educational pursuit. He also encouraged the students to maintain their cultural values which they are known for. He also advised them to abstain from cultism and be good ambassadors of the school.

Furthermore, Engr. Kingsley pledged to provide exercise books for every student on their resumption in January 2022 and also promised to pay school fees for three lucky students namely; Chisom Ejike, Odika Deborah and Ukabi Paschal. In addition, he promised to build a standard lawn tennis court with his friends for the school.

In his vote of thanks, the Principal, Rev. Fr. Paulinus Anabaraonye Okeke appreciated the chairman and other alumni who are good ambassadors of the school in the society. He also thanked the guests for their presence. He pledged his dedication to ensure that the school is regarded among the best not only in the state, but in the nation.

The occasion was coloured by the different displays of cultures and cultural dance troupes. 

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Editorial

25 Nov 2021

INSINCERITY OF HEART IS THE BANE OF NIGERIA

It is very common to read certain messages at the end of calls, whether answered or unanswered, some short wishes to Nigerians like: “happy independence day celebration” and some other glib pieces of advice like: “No nation is perfect. It can only be made perfect by me (sic) and you”. One finds it difficult to fathom such glib talks from faceless “patriots”. How can this country be made perfect by “you and me”; not “me and you”, as used in the above example, when in practice leaders of Nigeria treat “you and me” as mere pawns in their political chessboard? “You and I” go to the polls to elect leaders “according to our conscience”. University professors are enlisted to pronounce near perfect or near genuine results. Those who offered themselves for elective posts convert courts to INEC, and as soon as the law courts had dealt with the electorate by standing truth on its head, the churches are swarmed with platitudes of “leadership is, or rulers are, ordained by God”. The next we would hear is: “pray for our leaders/rulers for they are representatives of God on earth”. What a mockery and misrepresentation of God’s dignity and His real intention for appointing those “Judges” anointed with a miniscule portion of the Holy Spirit in Moses for His chosen race.
When God instructed Moses to select 70 elders of Israel for them to be imparted with only a “miniscule” of the prophetic power Moses had, the implication was that God of all creation, is interested in the leadership pattern known as ‘gerontocracy’ which in itself has been the natural way of acceding to leadership that can claim its ‘representation coming from God’ and not this mangled political leadership of our day, leadership negotiated and imposed to serve particular interests at the expense of the larger group. The quoted self-appointed nation-builder’s pep talk presents him as a sincere patriot trying to do all he could to make the masses of the people imbibe a warped opinion that “no nation is perfect” and that if any nation is to be perfect, that the status envisaged must be the duty of “you and me”. Ab initio, the glib talk portrays the insincerity of heart of a Nigerian image-maker, since it is the hallmark of a cheat. If that flier comes from MTN, as its own contribution to making its users fall in line with a country that is lying prostrate, then the strategy has fallen flat. If this style of marketing or advertisement had said: “it can only be made by ‘them(those who appropriate leadership), then ‘you’ and ‘I’ can only queue up to help make the proposition work, that is, if understood to mean that “all hands must be on deck” to improve the lot of this nation in chaos. This giant country of Africa with the foot of clay has, on several occasions, caused herself to stumble over in a bid to make honest efforts in building a virile nation.
This glib talk has been the pattern of building this Nigeria since the Igbo had been eye-marked to overlabor like monkeys doomed to work and build a nation that has defied all efforts to make it perfect, so that the over-pampered baboons should continue “to chop” even at the expense of true democracy in a truly federated union. Oh Nigeria! Our Nigeria, their Nigeria, who has brought you to this present imperfect state where it has become safer and more realistic to say: “Indeed there was a Country”?
There was a country called Nigeria because it is no longer feasible to continue in the present manner where life is daily wasted with live ammunitions by the supposedly professionally trained soldiers in a state already adjudged “a failed country”. Soldiers and armed policemen are drafted to subjugate and oppress Igbo and other native communities by show-casing ruthlessness of a wicked, unforgiving and authoritarian tribal warlords/cabals. Any person blaming the massacres going on presently all over Igboland on IPOB/ESN, has not been in touch with trending events of our time since 29th May 2015 and cannot claim to be honest with himself/herself. The glib platitudes are pointing out one major characteristic of Nigeria, to wit: INSINCERITY OF HEART when considering national existential realities. This present APC-led Federal Government has not hidden its inclination to use force as the only option that can stop separatist agitations as witnessed in the handling of issues related to Biafra and Oduduwa “republics” which the international community under the UNO has said is of inalienable human rights and not in line with criminal acts. Mr. President’s first public statement about Biafra movements talked of another looming war that must be launched and that was after he had circumscribed MNK as a terrorist and clamped him in prison. 
Our Editorial opinion is that a nation could be made perfect if the leadership is tolerant and very sensitive to the yearnings of the youths to whom the future belongs. Mr. President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as the acclaimed leader of Federal Government of Nigeria by the Fulani tribe of West Africa, cannot keep Nigeria one by endorsing tacitly the elimination of autochthones from their ancestral homes and we aver that it is impracticable going along with what was practiced in Rwanda as “ethnic cleansing”. Many youths, especially the many unemployed graduates, have resigned their fate to anything goes. Would you want to go down in history as Pontius Pilate did? And are you okay being recorded by history as that President of Nigeria whose government made it possible for the quick disintegration of his country?
 
MBACHU ARTICLE
BLESSED PERSONS IN THE NT BIBLE
10.0 JOHN THE EVANGELIST AND BELOVED DISCIPLE IS BLESSED: John and his brother James, the sons of Zebedee, were called boanerges (sons of thunder) for their hot temper. Like their father they were fishermen before the Lord Jesus called them to be his disciples. Being the beloved disciple of Jesus, John enjoyed special favours not given to his brother James and to Peter the prince of the apostles. At the Last Supper John reclined next to Jesus and at the instance of Peter leaned close to Jesus’ chest to find out from him that Judas Iscariot was to betray him (cf. John 13:2-26). At the trial of Jesus all the apostles fled but John flowed him into the high priest’s palace and also facilitated Peter’s entry (cf. John 18:15-16). WithPeter and James John formed the inner circle of the three apostles that witnessed the special moments in the life and ministry of Jesus: at the healing of the daughter of Jairus (Mark5:7), the Transfiguration of Jesus (Matt 17:1; Luke 9:28), and his agonized prayer in the garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14:33; Matt 26:37). John was with Mother Mary at the foot of the Cross on Calvary where Jesus gave his Mother over to John as his “new” mother and John took her into his protection as her “new” son (cf. John 19:25-27)). As seven of the apostles after the resurrection of Jesus were at an unsuccessful toil of fishing, only the beloved disciple John recognized Jesus who from the shore commanded them to cast their net for a haul of fish (John 21:4-7). Of the twelve apostles only John survived his being martyred and his feast is celebrated by the Church with the Liturgical white colour. John wrote the Book of the Revelation, the Gospel and the three Letters that bear his name. He is truly a blessed apostle.
11.0 BARNABAS IS BLESSED: The early Acts narrative singled out and extolled the holiness and superb charitable life of Barnabas: He “was a Levite of Cyprus origin called Joseph whom the apostles surnamed Barnabas (which means ‘son of encouragement’). He owned a piece of land and he sold it and brought the money and presented it to the apostles” (Acts 4:36-37). When the news of the nascent, flourishing Gentile believers at Antioch came to the ears of the Church in Jerusalem, Barnabas described as “a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith” (Acts 11:23) was sent to Antioch to encourage them to remain faithful to the Lord with heartfelt devotion. From Antioch he went to Tarsus and brought Saul with him to Antioch where two of them spent a whole year successfully instructing a large number of the faithful in that Church (cf. Acts 11:25-26). Under their tutelage the Antioch disciples were called Christians. Barnabas with Saul delivered to the elders of Jerusalem the relief materials from Antioch for the famine stricken Christians of Judaea (cf. Acts 11:27-30). On their return to Antioch and while with other prophets and teachers they were offering worship to the Lord and keeping a fast, the Holy Spirit chose Barnabas and Saul for the work to which he had called them. After prayer and fasting they were ordained and sent off on their first missionary journey (cf. Acts 13:1-3). On their return to Antioch Barnabas and Paul were sent to Jerusalem to settle the circumcision controversy at the first Christian Council (cf. Acts 15:1-35). At the inception of their Second Missionary Journey, Barnabas sharply disagreed with Paul and separated from him because of his refusal to allow John cousin and their erstwhile deserter John Mark to accompany them (cf. Acts 15:36-40). Paul recruited Silas for his Second Missionary Journey while Barnabas sailed off with Mark to Cyprus. This quarrel exposed the weak side of the good, very generous, inspired Barnabas, But thanks to God that both ended up as blessed Saintly men celebrated annually by the Church.
12.0 SILAS IS BLESSED: Silas or Sylvanus (wooded) was a Roman citizen. With Paul Silas was imprisoned in Philipi (Acts 16:25-39). He was a leader in the JerusalemChurch and a Christian prophet (Acts 15:32). Silas and Judas Barsabbas in the company of Paul and Barnabas took the apostolic letter of the Council of Jerusalem to the Gentile Church at Antioch to resolve the heated controversy over the non-circumcision of male Gentile converts to the Christian faith (Acts 15:22-35). He became Paul’s missionary companion after his separation from Barnabas (Acts 15:36-41). Silas with Timothy was commended by Paul for their work in Corinth (2 Cor 1:19) and both were associated with Paul’s writings (cf. 1 Thess 1:1; 2 Thess 1:1). Sylvanus was also Peter’s helper in his writings to All Christians (1 Pet 5:12). The profile of Silas depicts him as a very impressive Church leader, prophet, patient suffering missionary, an apostolic delegate and helper to Peter, the prince of the apostles. Silas is simply a blessed man of God.
13.0 JOHN MARK THE EVANGELIST IS BLESSED: John Mark (large hammer) was the son of Mary who had a house Church in Jerusalem (Acts 12:12) and the cousin of Barnabas (Col 4:10). John Mark followed Barnabas to Antioch (Acts 12:25), was the attendant of Barnabas and Paul in their First Missionary Journey (Acts 13:5) but deserted them at Perga in Pamphylia (Acts 13:13). Paul rejected John Mark for their Second Missionary Journey (cf. Acts 15:37-39) and for his sake Barnabas quarreled with Paul and parted ways from him. In the eventide of his life Paul approved of John Mark as a useful helper in his work (cf. Tim 4:11). Peter also adopted John Mark as his son and companion (1 Pet5:13). Blessed Mark wrote the Gospel that bears his name and is annually celebrated by the Church on April 25 as Saintly Martyr.
14.0 LUKE THE EVANGELIST IS BLESSED: Luke [another name for Lucius (of light)] was the author of the Gospel that bears his name and of the Acts of the Apostles. He gave us the fascinating story of Zechariah and Elizabeth, the conception and birth of their son John the Baptist and most of the infancy narratives of Jesus (cf. Luke 1 & 2). Without him all these would have been lost in oblivion and our Church would have been totally bereft of her vital early history and mission as narrated in the Acts. Paul calls Luke his “dear friend the doctor” or physician (Col 4:14) and journeyed with him at some points of his missionary enterprise (cf. Acts 16:10-15; 20:6). When all deserted Paul only Luke clung to him as his faithful companion: “only Luke is with me” (2 Tim 4:11). Luke’s Gospel depicts him as a hymnologist: the Gloria in the highest sung by the Angels at the birth of Jesus, the Benedictus Canticle by Zechariah, the Magnificat by the Virgin Mary and the Nunc Dimmitis by the aged priest Simeon were all from him. Luke is a lover of prayer; he is a picturesque narrator of God’s love for the poor, widows and sinners (cf. Luke 15). Luke the Evangelist is the blessed physician and kind missionary whose feast is annually celebrated by the Church on October 18 as a Saintly Martyr.
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ARTICLES

27 Oct 2021

JOURNEY WITH THE YOUTH INITIATIVE “O SERIES”
CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION REG NO 156638
BEING CARRIED AWAY

The dictionary definition of this expression is “to be so excited that one is no longer in control of one’s behaviour, actions and decisions in a given occasion. This is also a character of being unable to manage the stage but allowing the stage to manage one. Time and experience have proven the great effect of the stage; it produces profound emotions which “carry some people away to the point and extent of forgetting purpose to pursue shadows. A good leader is not a man of the stage and must not allow himself to be affected by it. It will be a betrayal not to point this out of the current crop of the unfortunate leaders that abound in this clime and contraption and which is the reason for all the shedding of blood in the land and the many lyings that are going on. It has reached to the zenith that the leaders and all the agents of the state cannot be trusted with the capacity to say the truth. Propanganda worked more in the past when there were only single source of information, when history was read as news. Today, no one can domesticate news or have the final say of what happened because many have access to it as it happens.

A time comes when silence is a betrayal.  Any attempt to shy away from embarking on this journey would amount to the conspiracy of silence .Conspiracy of silence is equally a betrayal. One of the major thing that may not be found among the luggage of this journey which similar journeys carries and which merit them accolade and applause is emotion. Emotion for one is not a quality of a leader. Conspiracy of emotion is equally a betrayal. Leadership is defined as “a capacity of someone to lead others” Crises is defined as “an unstable situation”. A Leader is a pacesetter and a pacesetter is a person who determines the rate of action through leading. Uniqueness is a characteristic of a leader and the dictionary defined unique as [adj. uncomparable] being the only one of its kind, unmatched and better than any else.

Leadership is leadership. It is about charting a course, it is an art, a principle thing but it is not drama of a thing, showmanish, entertainment thing... However with the events as they are nowadays and our current mindset, it is difficult to make a journey with this as a luggage and land successfully.. The stop and search and shoot at sight harbingers would see it from their own angle and interpret it only within the box and others may interpret only outside the context. When emotion drives, reason goes on French leave but when hatred navigates, reason is killed and buried. The moment reason is buried, man becomes a beast and brute.

This exercise may not be academic and intellectual enough as it may not follow the pattern of sages and guru and mentors of particular readers and many generally do not possess the patience of reading a piece that may not support their mindset and already held believe regardless of how biased and prejudiced their way of thinking may be.

With the myopic understanding of what leadership means, perhaps as politico cum socio terminology only, some may see themselves outside the leader and leadership ladder and everything about it would not concern them. However ,”Leadership is leadership, no matter where you go or what you do. Times change. Technology marches forward. Cultures vary from place to place but the true principles of leadership are constant. Whether you are looking at the citizens of ancient Greece, the Hebrews in the Old and New Testament, the armies of the last two hundred years, the rulers of the modern Europe, the pastors in the local churches or the business people of today’s global economy, leadership principles are the same [cf Maxwell J, The 21 irrefutable laws of Leadership 1998 p.xx].

In the same way, whether you are looking at leadership from the individual level, family, community, the principles are the same. Regardless of who occupies a particular headship, if the principles are applied the same result would be achieved. The many clamours all over the place is as a result of the non application of the principles or its wrong application.

 To be able to apply the principles of leadership, the Leader must possess these qualities. Without them, the principles that would guide may be wrongly applied and the consequences do not benefit anyone nor does any good to a group. Courage and exemplary character are two of the qualities that can propel correct application of the Leadership principles.

 One who lacks courage cannot be a leader. Courage is not about “shoot at sight, stop and search” but it is more about “do not shoot yet”. It is a known saying and rule of engagement that it is better to let the thief go than in the process of shooting him you kill the innocent. It is easier to pull the trigger than to hold and reason.  Courageous person dialogues but a timid one dressed in the borrowed robe of courage is always afraid of dialogue.

Those who lack reason rely more on pulling the trigger which at the end does not solve the problem. It takes courage to lead in times of crises and hardship. In the moment emotions and sentiments are usually high; the noises would be much, tempers  too would be in crescendo, the reason of the led may be momentarily lost,  the sound of drums of war would be loud and amplified but a Leader must remain rational. Every Leader worth the name navigates out of the wood and not into the wood. Every Leader of the same caliber is a problem solver and trouble shooter.

 Human resources are the strength of Nations and no Nation can afford the wastage of her human resources under any guise with shoot at sight order. Good thief does not kill the one he steals from so that he can equally remain in business. If you kill the person you steal from, from whom do you steal tomorrow to remain in business? If you kill the one you oppress today, who will you oppress tomorrow since oppression is what you live for and work for. One who possesses courage does not presume. Following courage is exemplary character, which involves honesty and integrity. “When words conform to reality, it is honesty and when reality conform to words, it is integrity”

 

Leadership in time of crises and hardship demands vision, foresight and focus. According to Leroy Eims, “a leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see and who sees before others do”. What does it imply to see more (vision), to see farther (foresight) and to see before? Visionary people identify beforehand problems and have the creative spark to deliver a successful solution to those problems. This mean solving a problem even before the peoples begin to realise that it is a problem or better put, they do not solve problems, rather they prevent problems. It is not enough to have vision and foresight, one must be focused. Many things unnecessary distract one who is not focused

 

A good Leader values silence. In silence there is eloquence, noise creates illusion, but one can listen to silence and learn from it. The irony of our world today is that many that claim to be leaders know what leadership is but do not know what it is not. Knowing what something is was thought to be equivalent to knowing what it is not but such a belief has failed humanity. There leadership more in calming the tensed nerve than in tensing the enraged nerve. It takes a studied silence to solve a problem than unintelligible speeches. There are many speeches today that are more unintelligible than intelligible silence. In intelligible silence reason is put into use, solutions sought and battles won without pulling the trigger.

 

Why do many leaders fail today, they lack the aptitude of thoughtful silence, intelligent silence and studied silence. The much silence they exhibit is stupid silence that is full of noise without calculation. Such silence makes use of the mouth more than the mind. In a situation of uncertainty, it is unfortunate, everybody becomes experts without experience.

 

Experts without experience cannot offer a bloodless solution. They command from different angles that have no vantage. Vantage means a position giving strategic advantage, commanding perspective, or comprehensive view. The social media is awash with different information, that some are more harmful than the real happenstance.

 

Leaders are always in command position. Their words are command. Their silence too are command, their body language are command. This being the case every leader must realise that, “a wrong command at a wrong time leads to disaster, a right command at the wrong time, brings resistance, a wrong command at the right time is a mistake but a right command at the right time brings success”. Crises moment breeds many commanders, makeshift commanders that even may lack the comprehensive knowledge of the issues they command.

 

Leadership in time of crises is more of a thing of making use of the head than making use of the mouth. With use of mouth only and alone, a wrong signal full of enthusiasm but devoid of reality may be given and the consequences are always tragic. It is better to talk weak and do great exploit than to talk tough but lack what it takes to defend self or others. Propaganda is a veritable tool for action but he who allows the battle to be fought in his own home knows that he has much to lose even when he wins.

 

Leaders are crises managers. In crises moment, the line of action is sometime loosely defined but every struggle needs fine tuning. The victim should protect the follow victim and not to victimized a fellow victim.

Kingsley
Honestly, you just gave us the real meaning of leadership and what leadership is all about
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