The Ecwa Theological Seminary in Igbaja, Kwara State, in north-central Nigeria, over the weekend denounced the lack of proper mentoring of future leaders as a major factor responsible for the leadership problem in Africa.
The seminar also urged the church in Nigeria and Africa as a whole to ensure the correct interpretation of God’s biblical words to properly guide leaders and followers.
The seminar’s position was contained in a 6,070-page festschrift, a book written by academics in honor of a two-term former chairman of Igbaja’s executive council, Professor Julius Bamidele Lawal.
The 14 chapter book was titled “Christian Theology, Mentorship, and National Transformation.”
Reviewing the book, former UMCA President Professor Peter Awojobi said that the issues raised by academics in the book faithfully reflect the leadership challenges of Nigeria and Africa.
He said mentoring as a solution to lack of leadership, if properly applied in all walks of life, will better transform society.
Also at the school’s 57th graduation ceremony that followed the book’s presentation on Saturday, the college provost, Dr Jonh Adetoyese, tasked the graduate students to be good ambassadors of Christ and the institution by being agents of transformation.
Adetoyese, said the graduates received the necessary training that would enable them to perform their duties accordingly, especially now that the country is going through a difficult time in the hands of kidnappers, bandits, Boko Haram insurgents and other ailments.
He said, “It is my prayer that the Lord save this nation. We all understand that as the day approaches, the faith of many believers is cooling off. Therefore, the Lord is counting on you for transformation for you are the light and the salt of the world. So, be good ambassadors of Christ and of this institution by being agents of transformation in this corrupt society and in our times.