Daily Trust (Abuja)

13 November 2012

Nigeria: Bakare Against Jet for Religious Leaders

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President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor

Lagos — The convener of Save Nigeria Group (SNG), Pastor Tunde Bakare, has criticized the acquisition of private jets by religious leaders in the country.

Speaking yesterday in Lagos during the second SNG's State of the Nation Lecture Series, Bakare alleged that religious leaders had contributed immensely to the level of corruption in the country.

According to him, it is irresponsible of and sinful for religious leaders to amass wealth while majority of members of their churches cannot afford three square meals a day.

He asked people to ask their General Overseers and Imams the source of their acquired movable and immovable assets that run into billions of naira. If the money is not from members in the church, definitely, it's from the Presidency".

According to him, by the time the super-rich religious leaders across the country are put behind bars and made to give account of the source of their assets in Nigeria and overseas, corruption will be drastically reduced in the country.

Bakare also called for urgent revolution against bad governance in the country, saying the incumbent administration is "visionless, clueless and neck-dipped in corruption".

"High level of corruption has enveloped our nation. We have a duty not to allow it go down below. Our Bible as religion leaders teaches us not to stay on the sideline when leaders are selling the souls of the people.

"It is irresponsibility and sinful to keep silent while our leaders are feeding fat and their families and millions are roaming the street hungry. It has never been this bad in the recent time. It is a matter of time for the country to collapse if something reasonable is not done to save the country. We cannot afford to keep quiet," he said

Chairperson of the occasion, Dame Priscilla Kuye, former Nigeria Bar Association President, urged Nigerians to start the fight against corruption by teaching their children the tenets of religion for them grow up to be God-fearing and good citizens.

The guest lecturer, Prof. Pius Adesanmi, accused Nigerian leaders of personal interests.

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