By Olusola Alatise
As a way out of the hydra headed problem of corruption in Nigeria, Church leaders have been called to come up with teachings that will change the orientation of the people and encourage them to be more God-fearing and people-loving.
Deputy General Overseer of Gospel Faith Mission International, Gofamint, Pastor Dr Emmanuel Oluwayemi made this call in his Press briefing as part of activities lined up for his Apostolic visit with the theme “The Impact Maker” to Region Three Headquarters of the Mission during the weekend
He submitted that the effort of the Church will complement President Muhammad Buhari’s efforts in tackling corruption, insecurity and others that are ravaging the land
Oluwayemi flanked by his wife, Blessing and other senior Pastors of the Mission declared that it is time when the Church should be doing more of heaven-focused teachings and messages than focusing on mundane things as he quoted conspicuously from the Holy Bible.
“I think this is the time when the Church should be doing more of heaven-focused teachings and messages than focusing on mundane things.
“The Bible says in Colossians 3:1-2 that we should seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
“ I believe teachings like this in all our churches will go a long way in solving most of the problems we have in Nigeria today.
“Take for instance the problem of corruption which is one of the greatest problems of this country. It has eaten deep into the conscience of the nation.
“That is why virtually all our institutions are not working. In fact accusing fingers were recently pointed to the Judiciary, which is believed to be the last hope of people for justice in the political system.”
He said problem started with Nigeria when people started shifting their focus from heaven to earthly pursuits which he said led to what he called crazy chase for money everywhere.
The Deputy General Overseer who said the lust for money has killed the conscience of the nation added that people now do anything to get money.
On the fight against corruption in Nigeria, Pastor Oluwayemi said President Muhammadu Buhari is doing his best to confront the malaise headlong, but that much still has to be done “for us to have a good measure of success in the battle. The efforts of the churches are needed mostly.
“It all started when most people started shifting their focus from heaven to earthly pursuits. There is this crazy chase for money everywhere. The lust for money has killed the conscience of the nation and people now do anything to get money.
Although the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is trying to confront the malaise of corruption headlong, as you can see, much still have to be done for us to have a good measure of success in the battle.
“This is where the Church should come in with teachings that will change the orientation of the people and encourage them to be more God-fearing and people-loving
“President Buhari came at a time of heightened problems in the country. He has tried to confront the myriad of problems and has recorded a measure of success in some areas. For instance, he has tried in fighting corruption which is a major problem in Nigeria. He has also tried in the war against Boko Haram, at least he has tried to curtail the advances of the terrorist group from spreading throughput the country.
“However he still has a lot to do to exterminate the terrorist group and ensure security of the country.