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Osinbajo to Christian leaders: Don’t accept looters in your Church


Acting President Yemi Osinbajo speaking at a forum on Biafra, 50 yeras after

ABUJA – Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has told christian leaders not to accept those who have stolen the resources of the country in their churches.
Speaking on Sunday on the occasion of Father’s Day celebration at the ASo Rock Villa Chapel, Osinbajo posited that if looters are not welcomed in the church, the society will be better for it.
According to him, “If the church says we will not accept you here or that we will expose you if you are stealing the resources of the country or stealing the resources of a private company or other establishment where you work, we would not have the type of problem that we have in this country.”
He spoke further, “the role of the father is supposed to be that of building nations, building generations.  And Abraham is the example God set for us;  of a man who God wanted to be the exemplar of the type of conduct that God expects of  fatherhood; a man who will teach his children and children thereafter the way of righteousness and justice and the way of fear of God.
“When I listened to His Eminence, the Prelate of the Methodist Church a few minutes ago, talking about the importance of the type of training that he received as a child in his family.  I’m sure many of us here are reminded of that type of training.  A type of training where you are taught and reminded about integrity, primarily as the first order of business; that you must be a person of integrity.
“You must be truthful, you must be trustworthy, you must be honest, you must be forthright.  That is the foundation.  And in the days he referred to, Catechism was an important part of our lives.  Even just knowing the 10 Commandments was enough to teach you about righteousness, teach you about the way of truth and I think that is very important, especially for us today as Christians.
“Every time that we come to church, we are told about giving.  But we need to talk more about honesty.  We need to talk far more about honesty.  In the same way we talk about giving, we need to talk more about honesty because just like His Eminence said, Nigeria’s great problem is not the absence of prosperity.  It is as he so eloquently put it, that we have enough for our needs but we don’t have enough for our greed.
“The greed of many is what has landed this country where it is today.  It is the greed of so many; many who have been placed in position of authority.  It is their greed that has landed us where we are, where it is difficult to do the sorts of things His Eminence saw in Washington and so many other places.  You cannot steal half of the resources of the country and expect to build the sort of things you see in other places.
“Many would say the reason why they steal is because they want to have an arsenal for future political exploits.  It is a lie. It is greed.  In any case, even if you want to do that, you have no right to do it.
“And if the church says you are not allowed to steal and we will ostracize you in our midst if you did.  If what a man has does not measure up to what he has, if we found that a man has more money than he should have, if a man is earning a salary of a civil servant or a public servant and he has houses everywhere, we have to hold him to account.  But he must be held to account in the church.”

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