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The role of government rulers in a decent society

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The primary function of every government is the protection of lives and property; ensuring that the rule of law which makes everyone equal before the law is promoted. Equitable distribution of resources is also paramount for good governance. All over the world, citizens murmur and grumble because of the face of governance in their country. Sometimes, it happens with a change of government or new political appointments. All over Africa, the continent is gloomy and dark because of political leadership. Starting from 1975, when Nigeria witnessed the first laundering of highly rated Naira currencies found in Kampala in tonnes, the rest is history.

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In a decent society, government rulers play a critical role in upholding the common good and fostering an environment where citizens can thrive. They act as stewards, responsible for establishing a framework of laws, ensuring public safety and security, and promoting justice and equality.

From our doctrines and religious beliefs,we earnestly hold tight to the creed that every authority emanates from God and that all power belongs to God. That’s why Church leaders and various organisations bow down to whomever had seized the power to govern the people. To be bright and cheerful at all times; praising and thanking God always are predicated on political leadership. The recent removal of electricity subsidy in Nigeria has given rise to attacks on the workers of electricity distribution companies in their bid to disconnect debtors. Nonetheless, we are bound to be subject to every authority despite their recklessness, oppression and insensitivity.

Even though we may feel that the mandate of the Nigerian masses was hijacked, exchanged and stolen in the last general election, I implore well-meaning citizens to regard seriously the role of government rulers, parents and church leaders in any society, family or church. Yes, we must face reality and not live in a world of illusion and delusion. We must embrace the biblical principle of authority and submission. The buck stops with the person in charge. We must submit to reasonable instructions that are asked of us, provided they are not illegal or immoral. We should always speak with respect.

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Incidentally, Nigerians are like slaves who have fallen in love with their chains and wouldn’t want to be set free just as injustice, evil and crime reign supreme in the country. The mental bondage had set the trapped masses to fall in love with chains of limitation, deprivation and bondage. The decades of military rule and the adjoining civilian regime portrays vividly that human nature has never changed and that corruption and embezzlement can never improve or get polished. If not that our minds have been warped by the effects of corruption, fraud, we would understand the authority of government rulers in changing lives and making the society liveable and prosperous.

Sadly, the rascality of government rulers, even church leaders have made rebellion rife in the society and churches. The army, police and other security apparatuses of the government have become targets of repressed anger. Lives of government officials and functionaries are frequently wasted due to perception. God-appointed leadership requires submission from us. Submission is not something disgraceful and oppressive. The present Government at the centre in Nigeria has not lasted up to a year.

For most political leaders, the opinions of men are fit only for the garbage bin and it should have been so if the leaders are godly and purpose driven. Through effective communication and outreach efforts, they can cultivate a sense of belonging and unity among citizens, regardless of their differences, thereby strengthening the social fabric of the nation. Effective government rulers are not just decisive leaders but also astute listeners. They strive to understand the needs and concerns of their citizens and craft policies that reflect the will of the people. They should be transparent and accountable in their decision-making, fostering a sense of trust and legitimacy. In conclusion, the role of government rulers in a decent society is multifaceted and complex, encompassing aspects of justice, welfare, democracy, and diplomacy. By fulfilling their duties with integrity, compassion, and foresight, they can foster a society where freedom, equality, and opportunity abound. Ultimately, the actions and decisions of government rulers shape the destiny of nations and the lives of millions, making their role indispensable in building a better and more just world.

Finally, it was Calvin Coolidge who said, “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful individuals with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.” He concludes by emphatically recommending persistence and determination as unbeatable virtues for excellence in life.

Obiotika Wilfred TooChukwu, Awka.