‘Why Cor­rup­tion Thrives In Nige­ria’

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - By Chris Irekamba

AS the In­ter­na­tional Mis­sions Con­fer­ence of the Assem­blies of God, Nige­ria in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Cen­tral Africa Assem­blies of God Al­liance comes to an end, the Gen­eral Su­per­in­ten­dent of the church in Nige­ria, Rev. Dr. Chidi Oko­roafor, has said Nige­ria is in dire need of lead­ers, who can steer the na­tion’s af­fairs with fear of the Lord.

Speak­ing with jour­nal­ists at the Con­fer­ence with the theme: “Ac­cel­er­at­ing the Har­vest in the 21st Cen­tury,” held at the Na­tional Sta­dium in La­gos, the Gen­eral Su­per­in­ten­dent noted that cor­rup­tion is on the in­crease be­cause the coun­try lacks lead­ers who have the fear of God.

He said: “As we are fight­ing cor­rup­tion, we need right­eous peo­ple in power, be­cause it is when peo­ple who fear God are in power that the is­sue of cor­rup­tion would nat­u­rally be han­dled. But it is when cor­rupt men, who don’t fear God are in power that the na­tion will go down.”

He urged Chris­tians to par­tic­i­pate in pol­i­tics, es­pe­cially those who have the lead­ing of the Holy Spirit.

The cleric, who also spoke on re­struc­tur­ing, said Nige­ri­ans should be free to de­cide the fate of their own coun­try and how it should be gov­erned. He called on Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to in­volve Nige­ri­ans in de­ci­sion-mak- ing, so as to make im­ple­men­ta­tion very easy.

While urg­ing del­e­gates that came from Nige­ria, Cameroon, Cen­tral Africa, Chad, Kin­shasa, Congo Demo­crati­cre­pub­lic,congo Braz­zav­ille, Equa­to­rial Guinea, Gabon and Sao Tome and Principe to take the gospel to un­reached peo­ple of the world, Dr. Oko­roafor said the church has aban­doned its core re­spon­si­bil­ity of preach­ing the gospel and win­ning souls for the Lord.

“We need to fast-track the har­vest and evan­ge­lism, which is the church’s main pur­pose. Un­for­tu­nately to­day, cer­tain churches have be­come en­ter­tain­ment cen­tres, where peo­ple come to laugh.”

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