By Andrew Masinde
KAMPALA - A Nigerian pastor currently based in Uganda has called on local leaders to serve their people selflessly and with empathy.
Pastor Benjamin Nebechukwi of the Living Word Assembly church said Uganda needs both men and women to rebuild the nation and that this can only happen when the leaders are selfless.
This was during a meeting by born-again Christians under their umbrella group Haggai Institute (HI) at Kati Kati Restaurant, Kampala.
While addressing the audience, he talked of the need for leaders to sacrifice for the sake of the people they serve.
“Most of our leaders in Uganda think about themselves instead of thinking about the people they serve. It is foolish to collect wealth that you will not even be able to finish yet others are suffering.
“You should also emphasize team work because no human being is supernatural. We need each other so every leader has to work with other members because each one has different views they can bring out, said the pastor.
Haggai Institute international (HI) is a globally renowned leadership training institute founded by Dr. John Edmund Haggai way back in 1969.
It offers advanced leadership training to calibre leaders from developing countries.
Dorothy Kisaka, the board president addressing the audience. PHOTO/Andrew Masinde
The pastor also spoke of people disassociating themselves with negative people.
“If you befriend people who are always opposing what you do, then you are bound to fail. Go by what you know is right and if you feel you cannot, seek guidance.
“I call upon all religious leaders to pray for the country so that our leaders can have positive thinking that can rebuild our nation not people who think about their stomachs.”
Meanwhile, in her address, Dorothy Kisaka who is the group’s board president, said the philosophy of HI is to train leaders starting from those at the top because they can then go back to their communities and using their wide influence, can impact a wide spectrum of people.
“To-date, HI-Uganda alumni are over 400 participants trained in Hawaii and Thailand. And they are doing a great job in the country,” she said.
“God has uniquely placed passionate Christian men and women into positions of leadership within their own communities all over the world.
“Though we come from countless Christian traditions, we share a single goal: to present Jesus Christ effectively in every culture – without compromise and without offence”
After the prayers, the members voted the new committee that saw Robert Semwanga elected as the new president of the HI-Uganda alumni.