Pastor Mensa Otabil has said good leaders must be accepted and bad ones rejected.
Teaching his congregation about generational leaders on Sunday 13 June 2016, the founder of the International Central Gospel church admonished: “Remember not all generational leaders are good; some are good, some are bad.”
“Good leaders must be accepted, bad leaders must be rejected,” he advised, adding: “When you accept a generational leader, you embrace their values and you cannot reject what you have accepted.”
“When you accept somebody, you accept his value, I know that no one is perfect, I’m not perfect, but a leader must get the major things right, the major things must be right, I mean everybody has a problem but your [leader] problem must not be big…” he said.
As far as Dr Otabil is concerned, Africa’s biggest problem is bad leadership. “If you ask people: ‘What is the biggest problem of Africa?’, [they’ll tell you] it’s leadership. That’s the biggest problem. We have all the resources…why do we continue to have leadership problem? Because we accept what is unacceptable, and when you accept what is unacceptable, it will brand you, it will mark you”.
Dr Otabil cited Ghana’s first President Dr Kwame Nkrumah as one of the best generational leaders African had, who had a positive impact on many first-generation African leaders such as Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, Malawi’s Kamuzu Banda, Zambia’s Kenneth Kaunda and Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta.