Biblical injunction here simply means the validation or evaluation of this Buhari’s administration through the lens of the bible. There is this certainty that through biblical injunction a clear cut description that is platonic about this Buhari’s administration can be given. The good thing about this is that a description based on biblical injunction is void of hypocrisy. Though many may not be comfortable that biblical injunction is being used in assessing the performance of this Buhari’s administration. However, it is important to note that using biblical injunction will definitely enhances the knowledge of people about this administration. This will be more beneficial to the educated elites and Buhari’s Christian followers. And for sure we do know that Christians do better when knowledge has come and many of them lives in ignorance if knowledge is taken away from them.
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This biblical injunction therefore will do one thing that is very important to this government and its admirers. And that is, it will further ingratiate Buhari in the hearts of people or dismiss him from their hearts. It is obvious that where there is a group of people or a nation the need for leadership cannot be over accentuated. Therefore the value of leadership is the highest pedestal because the results and benefits of it mean much to the people. If it is positive the people are happy and when it speaks otherwise there is sorrow in the life of people. The book of Proverbs puts it this way:
“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”
The Mindset Of A Leader Tells On His Subjects:
The implication of this is that the state of any nation or group of people is the reflection of the quality of leadership they have. So how great a nation appears is the interpretation of the minds of its leaders. And of course how lowly rated a nation appears is the level of the thinking faculty of the mind of its leaders. Therefore, it is important to authoritatively say that a nation cannot grow bigger than the mindset of its leaders. This is because it is what the leaders have they empty inside the nation.
That is whatever they have tickles down to the citizens. For instance, if the leader is wicked, wickedness flows from the top to the citizens. And if he is kindhearted, such flows from him down to the citizens. On the other hand if he is wise, wisdom flows from him to the citizens and if his mind is empty, emptiness in found in the hearts of his people.
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On this note, it is not wrong to say that the character of the citizens of any nation could be the reflection of the mind of their leaders. Just like a Nigerian adage says that ‘’one can’t break the neck without the head”. However, it is important to say that no great leader becomes great from what he sourced outside his nation. Whatever that will make a leader great is located inside his nation, the duty he has is to harness them. This means his greatness depends on how much insight he has about his subjects and natural deposits in his nation.
Biblical Injunction The Prism:
Any leader who thinks that his subjects are worthless will never become great. And any leader who does not value the resources in his hand will not be great. Note this, if a leader is not great his people will not be great because the prestige of his people is in consonance with the proportion of his greatness. Please see nations like China, Germany, USA, Japan, North and South Korea, Britain, France and even Iran. Now let’s take this biblical injunction to assess this administration. The biblical injunction here is one of the parables of Jesus Christ.
“For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.”
The Meaning Of Doing Business:
From the biblical injunction above we can see that all the servants received resources from their master. And they were asked to do business with whatever they were given. Doing business here means to work with the resources and produce gain. It implies that if there is no multiplication of the resources there is no gain. And if the principal amount given to one dwindles it means he has lost. However, it is not about how much you receive but how much you could make out of what you receive. The situation is that the master expects an increase from whatever he gave out. Let us juxtapose the situation in this biblical injunction above with the way and manner President Buhari and his team have run the economy of Nigeria.
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President Buhari and his team received an economy that was growing at 7 point something digits and was regarded as among the fastest growing economy. Today, what we have in the hand of President Buhari and his team is an economy that is staggering at 1 point something and is among the poorest economy in the world. The implication of this is that President Buhari and his team didn’t do business with the resource they have. Therefore, they are the servant that buried what was given to him in the ground. It is because of this reason poverty sets into Nigerian economy.
Let’s see what another biblical injunction says:
I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.
The Result Of Being Slothful:
The servant that buried the resources given to him did that because he is the lazy type. And this is synonymous with this Buhari’s administration. This administration took office and six months down the line there was no minister to work with. Whatever benefit that would have been accrued from the ministers within those six months was denied. What we have is a depletion of resources of the economy and recession sets in. A politician be should one who is inured in the scheme of doing business. This is apt because any politician without a business mindset or acumen will definitely incur poverty to his subjects. He must know how to tap and harness the human endowments in his subjects and use it to cause developmental revolution.
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Another thing to talk about is the level of regard a leader has for his people. That is the kind of value he has placed on his subjects. If the leader has placed high value on the head of his subjects he will do anything to protect them. Protection here means waging war against hunger and wanton killing of his citizens. This is irrespective of the religious background of his citizens. This kind of mindset becomes the fulcrum that will lift the leader to stand against nepotism, injustice and corruptive tendencies. Leaders with this kind of mindset can break international standards in order to add respect and honour to his country and citizens.
President Buhari Accepted His Failure:
From the biblical injunction the indications are clear that Buhari administration has failed to meet up with the standard. This statement is not false because he has admitted to Nigerians that he and his team have failed. And because of this he’s seeking for another tenure to express himself better to Nigeria. Therefore, what we have is a divided nation, whose economy could not shoulder the citizens. As a result, there is wailing, anger, corruption, bias killing and wasting of human lives.
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