This Day (Lagos)

Nigeria: Cleric Laments Dishonesty Among Church Leaders

A Cleric of Anglican Communion, Most Rev Francis Bankole Friday expressed regret that some clerics no longer say the truth in their preaching, a development he said has contributed immensely to the social ills bedevilling the nation.

Reverend Bankole, the Dean of the Cathedral Church of Emmanuel, Okesa , Ado Ekiti, lamented that some Clerics no longer tell the truth , particularly to the rich people in their sermons owing to the benefits they are deriving from them.

He stated this in Ado Ekiti, during the burial ceremony of the late Olori Abigail Oyeyemi Adejugbe, the mother of the Chairman, Ekiti State Universal Basic Education, Prof Modupe Adelabu , whose late husband was also a blood relation to the present Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe.

According to him, "It is disheartening today that those that tell the truth are being rejected, even in churches. sycophants are better placed. But truth remains the weapon of survival against a stormy life.

"Tell the truth always as politicians, pastors and parents, not minding whether you are crucified or not. We know those that have governed Ekiti in the past, we know those with ears, we know those with one ear and we also know those with no ears at all. But those in any of these categories are now being judged by history.

"When they mention Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Nnamdi Azikiwe, people bow their heads because of the sacrifices they had made to develop the people, but at the mention of some other leaders, people hiss because of the evil they have inflicted on Nigerians".

Condemning the unwholesome class differences between the rich and the poor in churches, Reverend Bankole added that, "Today, we have a sermon for the wealthy and they are always very attractive and pleasant because their purses are the target and they do give.

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