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Title: LEADERSHIP IN JESUS'KINGDOM TEACHING (MAT. 20:17-28): A MODEL FOR A STABLE POLITY IN NIGERIA
Authors: IORJAAH IGBAKUA
Keywords: LEADERSHIP, JESUS'KINGDOM TEACHING, (MAT. 20:17-28), STABLE POLITY, NIGERIA
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: NONE
Citation: NONE
Series/Report no.: NONE;NONE
Abstract: Jesus Christ modelled leadership as a relational lifestyle of service to the led, by sacrificing his life (Mat 20:28; Jn 10:18) in providing his people direction, providence, and protection (Mat 9:36). That leadership proved efficacious in crafting his counterculture, Christianity. Jesus taught its essence and principles to his counter-community, of which many Nigerian leaders profess membership, for the counterculture to model it to the world (Mat 5-7; 10; 13; 18:1-5; 20:17-28). Nigerian leaders constitute large membership of that alternative society. Yet, today's Nigeria is in crisis for bad leadership. Why? And which is the way out? We elaborated a language-in-life-situation hermeneutic to understand Jesus' leadership teaching and traditional Nigerian leadership concepts in a comparative political-theological framework. We found leadership among pre-Nigeria feudal societies oriented on sovereignty, for monarchs' benefit; but the fragmented societies, who are in majority, had father-figure leadership oriented on community and its corporate responsibility. It provided for, guided, and protected the polities. Jesus' leadership model shares both framework and behavioural components with these fragmentary traditional Nigerian nationalities' leadership, which proved effective in ensuring their polities' common good and stability. British colonialists replaced this with their sovereign-oriented leadership based in individualism, which negates both Jesus' relational lifestyle and the community ecology that traditional Nigerian nationalities relished, resulting in crises. Since Jesus' leadership model and that of majority of traditional Nigerian societies are compatible, we recommend reorientation of contemporary Nigerian leadership concept on Jesus' servant-shepherd leadership model, in synergy with leadership concepts of the fragmentary pre-Nigeria nationalities.
URI: http://bsuir.bsum.edu.ng:8080/jspui/handle/11409/388
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