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PROJECT TOPIC: SOLOMON’S WISDOM AND DISCERNING MIND AS ROADMAPS FOR EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP IN NIGERIA (I KINGS 3:3-14)

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CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

It is glaring that the development of any society depends on how effective the leadership of that country is. In Nigeria, the lack of effective political leadership has continued to be a reoccurring problem. It is on this premise that the leadership situation in Nigeria is looked into.

  • Background of the Study

                Solomon, the son of King David and Bathsheba became king of Judah and Israel in the year 967 BCE until his death in 928 BCE.  Solomon’s wisdom has been generally perceived as focusing on his parables, proverbs, and songs, while his political and economic qualities have been overlooked. The expansion of Israel’s economy during the reign of Solomon was due to his effective political policies. Hopkins (1977) reveals that in displaying political and administrative wisdom, Solomon proved equal to taking full advantage of the unparalleled opportunity for economic growth and development. Consequently, the freedom from armed conflict, during Solomon’s reign, was a rare phenomenon in antiquity, looking at his predecessors.

From Jewish history, there was unprecedented development during the reign of Solomon. Internationally, there was a bilateral agreement between Jerusalem and other nations which were very beneficial to the people of Israel and Judah.  Nationally, there was exploration of natural resources in mines and stone quarries. In was in this light that Louis (2008) states that it was Solomon’s political strategy made possible by his wisdom to be able to keep pace with all the rulers of Philistines, Jebusites, Hivites, Ammonites,  among others, which David his father fought against during his reign. It was this peace that afforded Solomon the time to be able to build a temple for God.

During Nigeria’s independence, there were excitements that the potentials of Nigeria, which the white man has been nipping in the bud, would materialize. There were prophecies and anticipations that Nigeria would be one of the countries to be reckoned with internationally, based on development political culture, and robust economy. Odo (2015) writes that this optimism, hope, and great expectations were regrettably misplaced. Shadows have been cast over the sanguinity and buoyancy of the faith of a developed Nigeria. After 57 years of independence, Tolu, kayode, and Ilepe (2012:188) lament that “there is absolutely nothing to show for this fifty-one year of existence. Nigeria of today cannot compete favorably with its counterpart in the march to development, especially in the areas of quality of life, infrastructural facilities, basic needs of life and technological development.” One can see the pains of the average man, the hunger of the common man, and the cry of the less privileged, with regards to the economic recession and downturn necessitated by inept and ineffective leadership Nigeria has continually experienced. Corroborating this fact, Tolu and Dare (2012) state that the socio-economic and political development of any country depends greatly on the ability of its leadership to facilitate, entrench and sustain good governance.


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