LAGOS, Nigeria – A former Minister of External Affairs, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi, in Lagos, on Wednesday advised Nigerian churches to stop patronising public officials with questionable source of wealth.
Akinyemi gave the advice while speaking with journalists at the Centenary Anniversary Lecture of the Anglican Church held at All Souls’ Church, Lekki, Lagos.
The former minister urged churches in Nigeria to stop worshipping money, adding that the church should have the courage to confront those in authority.
Akinyemi urged churches to continue to preach against the evil of abuse of office by public officials.
“The church has to stop showing favouritism towards rich people whose source of their wealth is questionable; the church should stop worshipping them,” he said.
Also speaking, the Chairman, Presidential Advisory Commiittee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay, said the present administration had made a lot of progress in the fight against corruption.
Sagay, who spoke on the topic, “The Role of The Church in Combating Corruption in Nigeria,” said that looted property worth about a trillion naira had been recovered in the last four years, NAN reports
“My concern is that Nigerians don’t seem to be sufficiently impacted by the war against corruption. People are still shamelessly corrupt.
“Nigerians behave as if they are not aware that they are even corrupt and pretend to come to church on Sunday,” he said.