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Rev Fr Kukah And The Burden Of Spiritual Leadership by pharmagba: 10:28am On Aug 15, 2015
First,To start with I wish to make it clear and state that these are purely my thoughts.
Secondly, in as much as this also has have a political side to it, I have decided to focus on this platform, the spiritual side alone.

I have never met Rev Fr Kukah, but I have always been en trail by him, he is an intellect and a Revered father of repute. I love to hear him speak.
On his speech these few days, I initially felt disappointed but I had to reflect and even put myself in his shoes, behold the dilemma.
I know very well he is not happy with the way things are in Nigeria and had several times in the past spoke vehemently against it. He had spoken on security and at several times peace , reconciliation and against corruption. Recall in 2012 after Pastor Oritshajefor acquired his private jet The fiery cleric who spoke on ‘Church and the state in the pursuit of the common good’, said: “The stories of corrupt men and women being given recognition by their churches or mosques as gallant sons and daughters and the embarrassing stories of pastors displaying conspicuous wealth as we hear from the purchases of private jets and so on clearly diminish our moral voice.”
He said such alliance will weaken the ability of the church to speak the truth to elected public office holders. According to him: “CAN has become more visible in relation to national prayer sessions, pilgrimages, alliances with state power and so on. “Unless we distance ourselves, we cannot speak the truth to power. We cannot hear the wails of the poor and the weak. We should not be seen as playing the praying wing of the party in power.” He challenged the church to speak against corruption in low and high places, saying such responsibility must never be jettisoned for any reason.(The Nation, 2012)
He may even be aware that poor funding and improper implementation of military budget as a result of corruption may have resulted in death or rather inability to rescue lots of innocent lives. Not to mention the number of youth coming to him that may have been redundant and some will be seeking job placement through a connection of his and he may even have been rendered hapless on so many occasion. Surely the adverse effect of corruption by public officials must have stung him, one way or the other.

Recently, this same man seem to be constrained, what could have changed in him or is true what was said by National Director of Research, Planning and Strategy, Elder Sunday Oibe, who doubles as the Public Relations Officer of Northern CAN at time in 2012, in the heat of the jet acquisition saga that “If there is any clergyman in the country whose constituency is government, it is Bishop Kukah, who served every government in power in the last decade, saying. “He thinks people have forgotten in a hurry how he served in Obasanjo’s government and turned round to attack the former president, or his fraternity with the former Governor James Ibori and his Rivers State counterpart, Peter Odili.” Oibe urged the Catholic bishop that if he have anything against the person of Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, he should come out and say so, and not hide under the cloak of the gift of a jet to attack the CAN president.( Vanguard, 2012)
My own opinion is that, I sense he may had gotten wind of that some notable christian leaders or rather 'men of God' that have been implicated or involved in corruption. The visits of GEJ to churches last year, we may not know what our church leaders collected from him or how our churches have been involved in corruption. The most notable is Pastor Chris Oritshajefor, the Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN) President, whose private jet was used in money laundering and commercial use against the law of the land. How will we (Nigerian christian and muslims) and the whole WORLD hear that the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria is standing trial for corruption? How will 'men of God' be looked at henceforth? What will happen to his church members and Christians in general in Nigeria? Won't it bring Christianity to disrepute in Nigeria? Would other religion not mock the Christians? Mind you this is just one pastor, who knows if many other 'big men of God' are involved.
Here lies the great burden of a spiritual leader, where does he stand. For 'RELIGON or JUSTICE' for 'RIGHTEOUSNESS or REPUTATION' for 'ETERNITY or SHAME OF WHAT MEN WILL SAY IN THIS WORLD'
This is a challenge,
But the church leadership must be Authoritative, Spiritual and sacrificial. Authoritative because people need to be led by one who knows where he is going. Sacrificial because it is modeled on the life of the one who gave himself as sacrifice for the whole world and Spiritual because it is a thing of the spirit and conferred by God.
Spiritual leader is able to influence others because the spirit is able to work in and through him to a greater degree than those he lead. If this reverses he no longer a spiritual leader. The road is through many prayers and tears, it is attained by confession of sin and much heart searching and humbling before God by self surrender, a courageous sacrifice of every idol, a bold deathless, uncompromising, uncomplaining embrace of the cross and by an eternal looking onto Jesus crucified. He must not be by seeking for ourselves or manipulation. This is a great price but must be unflinching paid by him who not merely a nominal but a real spiritual leader of men whose power is recognized and felt in heaven,on earth and in hell.( Oswald sanders,1980)
Re: Rev Fr Kukah And The Burden Of Spiritual Leadership by 48noble(m): 10:30am On Aug 15, 2015
Na waoooooo

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Re: Rev Fr Kukah And The Burden Of Spiritual Leadership by Ngasky(m): 10:39am On Aug 15, 2015
the general consensus of humanity is we hate the truth with passion
Re: Rev Fr Kukah And The Burden Of Spiritual Leadership by pharmagba: 12:39pm On Aug 15, 2015
the general consensus of humanity is we hate the truth with passion
But we as Christians, our standard is in the bible

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