by Tolu Orekoya
A congregation made up of top government officials, failed to respond to Most Reverend Peter Akinola’s prayer to end corruption in the government during an interdenominational church service at the Ecumenical Centre in Abuja, on Sunday, May 28, 2012.
Instead the Reverend was met with dead silence as he prayed that corrupt members of government be taken “to the court of God”.
The less than enthusiastic response may have riled the Reverend who then went on to lambast the captive congregation with a few choice words about the consequences and indirectly telling the audience that they were complicit in the corruption in the country. He said:
“There you go! Oh, corruption! So, you are not ready to fight it, because you are all beneficiaries of it. Whether you steal in a small or big way, stealing is stealing.
“See, it is very clear. You are not interested in fighting corruption. If you do, let us take our case to the court of God, if you dare. Who is deceiving who? You are only deceiving yourselves, not God. And you who is stealing government funds, subjecting the poor to untold hardship; you who steal oil subsidy money, making Nigerians pay for fuel through their noses; you who steal funds meant for improving our power supply, deliberately making Nigerians live a life in utter darkness, will you repent today? I doubt it!”
The congregation included: the Governor of Bayelsa, Seriake Dickson; Governor of Kaduna, Patrick Yakowa; Deputy Governor of Nasarawa state, Dameshi Luka; as well as other ministers according to Premium Times.
The Reverend’s impassioned sermon had corruption at the heart of it, spending a fair portion of the time speaking on such topics as corruption, the unweildy and overburdened government, and the problem of Boko Haram.
Source: Premium Times