The Missing G Factor
By: Egoeh Seth Gogo
Considering happenings in Africa and recent events in Ivory Coast suggests that education is never the solution to Africa’s problem in terms of leadership; and any God-fearing human being will attest to this fact. The hunger for power, which is currently being demonstrated by the governing party, is a testament to this.
The question is why is this happening? How could so-called ‘learned people’ who are supposed to do the right thing fight for power even when they knew the people they are governing are disappointed in their leadership?
Let me briefly explain the situation in Ivory Coast to you. Presidential elections have been conducted and the opposition have won clearly but the leading party overturned that. Even the UN, US, France, UK and AU backed the opposition to lead the country, but as usual the leading party is in disagreement. Currently, both Laurent Gbagbo (from the leading party) and Alassane Ouattara (from opposition party) have both sworn themselves to lead the country (source: bbc).
We always say that education will solve our problems, and I agree 100% to this. But, when it comes to leadership problems in Africa, education is never the solution. The reason why most African countries are going through leadership crisis is due to what I’d like to call “the missing G factor”. Here, I am referring to God. Once the FEAR of GOD is missing in a person’s life, no matter the level of education the person attains, he/she can never lead a group of people well. If you consider the history of America, you’ll be marvelled by the fact that America was built by God-fearing people.
The Bible says in Hosea 4:6 that “my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”. I always say that the knowledge God is talking about in this particular verse is not something you’ll get in our educational systems. God is referring to knowledge that comes from Him through the study of His Word (the Bible) and purposefully obeying His commands.
Brethren, let us continue to pray for our leaders as this is our responsibility to society (1 Timothy 2:1-2); and hope that one day our leaders will change for the better. And let lessons such as this reminds us that it is only God-fearing people who can govern properly and by extension know that we must also learn to be God-fearing.
God Bless Africa!!!!