Obasanjo Accuses Church Leaders of encouraging Corruption in Nigeria
President of Nigeria, General Olusegun Obasanjo, has pointed fingers of
accusation at Nigerian churches and other religious leaders of corruption.
other establishments in the country, have tainted their images, the actions and
preaching of some men of God leaves much to be desired.
president while delivering a speech entitled: “The role of the church in the fight against corruption in Nigeria”,
during the convention of Victory Life Bible Church International in Abeokuta,
Ogun state, he stated: “There is no doubt
that all our institutions have been tarnished by the brush of corruption.
institution, does not take bribe or get involved in other corrupt practice, the
behaviour of some of our men of God leaves much to be desired.
celebrate but venerate those whose sources of wealth are questionable. They
accept gifts (offering) from just anybody without asking questions. This gives
the impression that anything is acceptable in the house of God.
chase out those buying and selling from the temple with the declaration that,
‘My house shall be called the house of prayer, but ye have made it a den of
thieves,’ then it is time to stand up against corruption.”
the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library’s Christ the Glorious King Church, he
advised churches to lead the fight against corruption by moderating the way the
pass the messages of prosperity to their member.
‘money changers’ and ‘merchants’ must be chased out of the church and put to
shame in the larger society.
and wonders are the expectations of true believers, such must be based on
righteousness. To preach that one can acquire wealth without labour is not only
deceitful; it is a call to corruption. It is false preaching and it is sinful.
believing and celebrating every testimony of miraculous blessing, hence we end
up being hoodwinked into celebrating corruption,” he said recalling how he
fought corruption while he led the country between 1999 and 2007.
tried to contain corruption through the enactment of laws and the enforcement
of integrity systems, but success has been slow in coming.
are not enough as they are often breached by those who make them and those who
implement them,” he said.