26 January 2013

Nigeria: Bishop Okoh Decries Acquisition of Wealth Among Religious Leaders

As the remains of former Primate of the Anglican Church of Nigeria, the late Most Revd Abiodun Adetiloye were Friday committed to mother earth at his Odo-Owa country home, Arch Bishop, Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria, Most Revd Nicholas Okoh decried acquisition of wealth among religious leaders, a development he said had robbed the country of its core values.

Delivering a special sermon during the funeral service for Adetiloye who died on December 14, 2012, held at St Paul's Millennium Anglican Church, Odo-Owa-Ekiti, Bishop Okoh lamented that corruption had eaten deep into the fabrics of religious leaders, who were expected to preach the gospel of Jesus to the people.

Dignitaries who graced the burial include wife of the Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, former Governor of Western State, General Adeyinka Adebayo, his son and first civilian Governor of Ekiti State, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, former Governors Ayo Fayose and Segun Oni, and the Director General of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Mr Femi Ajayi among others.

According to the Bishop, "rather than worshipping God, today most Christians worship money, and some other gods that are of no benefit to the growing of the Gospel and the spread of evangelism, people have revived idol worshipping in the name of cultural reawakening".

The Bishop charged Nigerians, especially Christian religious leaders to have an introspection so as to know where they have gotten it wrong and to correct the anomalies in the society.

"It is a pity that there are lot of Nigerians who today can sell their mother, sell their father and whatever comes their way to get money.

"It is a pity that we have become slaves to money; we have lost our dear moral values in the name of getting money.

"Teaching now centre around quick money, quick riches, and selfishness in the service of God, people don't want to serve again, but to get reach quick through miracle," he regretted.

According to him, the church leaders must re-orientate the followers, must re-orientate the people, as the litany of woes rocking the country stemmed from greed and love of money.

Bishop Okoh, who quoted copiously from the Holy Bible, with specific reference to Colossian 3: 1-6, Hebrew 9 said the deceased was selfless, truthful and was a great evangelist.

Okoh urged leaders to follow the steps of the late Primate and serve the people with sincerity.

He also warned them against too much love of money and canvassed embrace of values that will move the nation forward.

President Goodluck Jonathan described the late Primate a dependable leader worthy of emulation.

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