April 09, 2017

Obasanjo Dares Pastors: Purge yourself of corrupt politicians, stop accepting their money

Trust Baba to always say it as he feels. President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday made a clarion call to the church to purge itself of thieves and corrupt persons polluting the House of the God.

This, the former president said, would be the contribution of the church to the on-going effort to make Nigeria corruption-free.

He spoke at the convention of the Victory Life Bible Church International (VLBC) Victory City, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Dwelling on “The Role of the Church in the fight against corruption in Nigeria,” Obasanjo charged the church as an institution that provides moral and ethical standards to get actively involved in the fight against corruption.

He said that the revelations coming out seemed to suggest that corruption is thriving more today in the country than it was when he assumed office as President in 1999.

The ex-President who trained as a Theologian at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) after leaving office in 2007, expressed disappointment at the quality of messages coming from the pulpit of some churches these days.

Such messages, he said, often lay emphasis on wealth without labour, and likened it to a subtle call on people to be corrupt.

To preach that one could acquire wealth without labour, according to him, is not only deceitful and a call to corruption, but also a false and sinful preaching.

“There is no doubt that all our institutions have been tarnished by the brush of corruption. If the Church, as an 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,” he said.

“They not only 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.”

He said, “The Church needs to clear its Aegean stable. The temple of God must be cleansed to restore the holiness of the church. Our present-day ‘money changers’ and ‘merchants’ must be chased out of the Church and put to shame in the larger society."

- When you hear the truth, don't let it offend you. Take it, apply it and it will help you.

17 comments:

godwin progragrammer said...

good!

Rosemary Ezeji said...

True talk baba.

Rasheed Lawal said...

Na true

Anurika Onwu said...

Well said, but then pastors are not investigation agents to know the politicians who are corrupt

Nasiru Adoke said...

mwell said baba..if it is fought from the churches and the mosques i bet you nigeria will be a better place..tinz don maga for nigeria to the point pastors and other religious leaders are really compromised these days

inumidun said...

Seen..

Ay360 said...

I agree with u

Hassan Aderemi said...

If religious leaders can shun the money from corrupt politicians, things would have been more better in the country.

okorochas justin said...

Hope they listens...

Thomas said...

well said baba. charity begins at home. first clean up ur self

Onifade Joseph said...

Well said baba iyabo
#Believe

Sunshow said...

U sound like urself is not corrupt

Oladimeji Seun said...

Since that is source of their riches today, they will never listen to the voice of wisdom.

I. C Bruno said...

Father of corruption is now talking!!!!!

abdulrasaq abdulrafii said...

Plane truth

Austine Gabriel said...

Good advise

Queen Abiodun Ogunnika said...

Pastors too wan survive now

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