President Peter Mutharika on Tuesday challenged the church to instill Godly values in its followers for them to live transformed and worthwhile lives, thereby breeding transformed leaders to steer their followers in the right direction.
Mutharika, speaking during the opening of the African Biblical Leadership Initiative (Abli) conference in Lilongwe, observed that most people and leaders in the country, including those who were involved in Cashgate—the plunder of public resources at Capital Hill, belong to a church.
He said if the church nurtures its following with godly values many of the problems in the country can automatically be solved.
Said the President: “The issues of integrity, conflict resolution and empowering young people are issues that the church should also be addressing. Actually, it should be the church that should first live by example and challenge all of us to live likewise.”
He also said the conflicts around Africa reflect the effects of greed for power, and the desire to control the limited natural resources by a few and that Africa is losing a lot of young men and women, who are fleeing their countries, seeking a better future elsewhere.
In his remarks, the Reverend Patrick Semphere, one of the organisers of the event, said the conference would touch on areas that will empower African leaders with Biblical truth to foster integrity in their leadership.
The conference has identified conflict resolution as one focus area so much that it has invited four parliamentarians from South Sudan, two each from opposition and government sides, who are expected to share their experience in peaceful coexistence.