Obasanjo Lampoons Nigerian Churches- And Pastors Won’t Be Happy About This
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has ripped some Nigerian christian leaders, accusing them of encouraging corruption and celebrating people with questionable sources of wealth.
The former leader, while speaking in Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Saturday at the 2017 Convention Lecture of Victory Life Bible Church International, on the theme, ‘The role of the church in the fight against corruption in Nigeria,’ said the fight against corruption and stealing of national wealth must start from the church.
He therefore called for a spiritual approach in tackling corruption, while charging the church to rescue the nation from its grip. He said: “The church needs to clear its Augean stables. The temple of God must be the cleanest to restore the holiness of the church. Our present-day money changers and merchants must be chased out of the church. The pulpit must be used to teach and preach righteous and honest living. To preach that one can acquire wealth without labour is not only deceitful, but also a call to corruption.
“We must be careful in believing and celebrating every testimony of miraculous blessing, otherwise we end up celebrating corruption. The behaviour of some of our men of God leaves much to be desired. They not only celebrate but venerate those whose sources of wealth are questionable. They accept gifts (offerings) from just anybody without asking questions, giving the impression that anything is acceptable in the house of God.”
“Legislations alone are not enough as they are often breached by those who make them and those who should implement them. Our main problems are moral, ethical, attitudinal failure and disorientation. The church is an institution that provides the moral and ethical standards for us as believers. Man alone cannot get rid of corruption from the world; he needs the assistance of God.”
Obasanjo then called on Christian leaders to sanitise the church for effective anti-graft crusade.