The acting president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has charged the church leaders to begin the anti-corruption fight by exposing their corrupt members.
Speaking at a special service held in Aso Villa to commemorate the 2017 Fathers’ Day, Osinbajo challenged the church leaders to resolve to ostracise their corrupt members if corruption must be totally eradicated.
The acting president said church leaders must begin to talk more on honesty, unlike the current situation that more emphasis is placed on giving.
“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.
“In the same way we talk about giving, we need to talk more about honesty…Nigeria’s great problem is not the absence of prosperity. It is…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. 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 ostracise 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.
“He must be told first in the church we will not allow you here. 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, then we would not have the type of problem that we have in this country. If only the church does so.
“Just as Christian fathers today, it is our duty as God spoke concerning Abraham in Genesis 18:19. It is our duty to build up a generation of righteous men and women, a nation of just men and women who fear God and puts God above everything else. And I believe that the Almighty God will help us. I just pray that the Father of fathers, the One who has called us, one who has saved us will bless each and every father here today in the mighty name of Jesus. The Almighty God who is the great Father of all fathers will ensure that we get everything we need to make our families, to make communities truly great and to make our nation great,” he said.
Expatiating upon the Bible portion, the acting president said: “God was speaking about Abraham. And God said he had known him or called him in order that he may command his children and his household after him that they keep the way of the Lord with righteousness and justice that the Lord may bring to Abraham what He had spoken to him.
“In other words, God was saying that He called Abraham, in particular, because he realizes that Abraham will command his household, will command his children to do righteousness and justice and to fear God. And if you back this up with Genesis 12:2, God has spoken concerning Abraham, that He will make Abraham a great nation. Genesis 12:3 says, God said, I will make you a great nation.
“In other words, 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.”