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We need the Assistance of God to Get Rid of Corruption – Olusegun Obasanjo

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Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has called for a spiritual approach to the anti-corruption crusade in Nigeria, calling on the church to wield its influence against the menace.

Obasanjo made the call in Abeokuta at the 2017 Convention Lecture of the Victory Life Bible Church International.

He spoke on the theme: “The Role of the Church in the Fight Against Corruption in Nigeria.”

The former president described the church as an important and influential institution with a pivotal role in curbing and eradicating corruption in Nigeria.

He described the anti-corruption war in Nigeria as “a fight for the soul of the nation.’’

Obasanjo said  successive governments in Nigeria had tried to contain corruption through enactment of laws and enforcement of integrity systems with a slow pace of success.

“Legislations alone are not enough as they are often breached by those who make them and those who should implement them.

Our main problems are moral, ethical, attitudinal failure and disorientation.

The church is an institution that provides the moral and ethical standards for us as believers.

Man alone by himself cannot get rid of corruption from the world, he needs the assistance of God.

Here must come the society and the church with the spirit of God to work together to undo the harm that man has done and continue to do to the perfect work of God on earth,’’ he said.

The elder statesman, however, stressed that the anti-corruption crusade must first be fought within the church  through ridding itself of the menace before extending it to the larger society.

“The church needs to clear its augean stable. The temple of God must be cleanest to restore the holiness of the church.

Our present day money changers and merchants must be chased out of the church.

The pulpit must be used to teach and preach righteous and honest living.

To preach that one can acquire wealth without labour is not only deceitful, but also a call to corruption.

We must be careful in believing and celebrating every testimony of miraculous blessing otherwise we end up celeberating corruption.

The behaviour of some of  our men of God leaves much to be desired.

They not only celebrate but venerate those whose sources of wealth are questionable.

They accept gifts (offerings) from just anybody without asking questions giving the impression that anything is  acceptable in the house of God,” he said.

He  called on Christian leaders to sanitise the church for effective anti-corruption crusade.

The former president, who recalled that the church played an important role in the development of Nigeria, noted that the nation had come to another historic juncture requiring the church to play a leading role.

“The role must be played in praying, preaching and teaching. This is a period of moral and ethical rebirth and the church as an agent of socialisation must embark on moral re-armament for the church and for the nation,” he said.

17 Comments

  1. truth

    April 8, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    God helps those who helps themselves. Nigerians should help themselves while praying, but not sit there and fold their hands waiting for God to perform a miracle.

  2. Nigerian Health Blog

    April 8, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    It is true that we need to involve a spiritual perspective to the fight against corruption in the country but to see a man that that also promoted corruption talk about the menace like he is a saint is too much to swallow.

    Nigerian Health Blog

  3. LemmeRant

    April 8, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    Just look at this id*ot who spent 8 years in power and couldn’t achieve anything coming here to talk about corruption as if it wasn’t in your administration that corruption started seeping everywhere in Nigeria, as if it wasn’t in your tenure that corruption became a norm.

    Baba you better swerve.

    • Jade

      April 9, 2017 at 1:49 am

      It was during Obasanjo corruption can in? U dey suffer from amnesia. So, what happened to Abacha, IBB, Abdusalem?
      Hate Obasanjo all you want but give credit where it’s due. , I’m sure he’s corrupt but his administration achieved a whole lot than any administration.
      And he’s a force to reckon with. One thing you can’t deny about him is, he knows how to bring people together and it’s not an attribute that everybody has.
      Naijas always mention God as an excuse to continue their evil.

    • LemmeRant

      April 9, 2017 at 10:40 am

      Oya please mention one significant achievement OBJs administration had.

      IBBs and Abacha’s administration were corrupt but it wasn’t yet as rampant in every freaking sector. People who weren’t government officials loathed it. OBJ had the best opportunity to do a lot of good and couldn’t do anything but you’re here defending him and you can’t even mention one achievement he had.

    • Jade

      April 9, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      One is telecommunication in Nigeria. Mobile phone. He brought Nigeria out of debt. He also united Nigeria, all the prominent Igbo, south south leaders you see now, they really rose to power during his time. I can go on. He has his own mistakes, but you CANNOT discredit his effort. Nigeria is not an easy country to govern, so his achievements is commendable. Only him could have done that.

    • LemmeRant

      April 9, 2017 at 9:09 pm

      Please don’t make me angry.
      Who told you OBJ was responsible for telecommunications in Nigeria? Are you for real? Telecommunications coys are private profit making establishments not government initiatives. They saw a Nigeria ripe for the taking with a massive untapped population and they came to do business, OBJ just happened to be the president at that time simple. Even if we had a dog for a president, the same would have happened.

      The funny thing is I’ve heard the telecommunication rant so many times and frankly its really annoying, how do you credit a government administration for private money making ventures. Was it OBJs money that funded MTN, or did he use funds to subsidies the charges.

      He united Nigeria? Please who divided Nigeria doing his administration? He should better thank his stars he was not faced with the half the problems Jonathan and Buhari are facing, cause even with the easy ride he had in his 8 years, he still managed to F**K everything up.

      “I can go on”
      Please o you better go on, cause the points you’ve raised hold no water at all.

      OBJ had nothing to do with telecommunications. They saw people, they saw money and they came to Nigeria. Tell me, if OBJ was so great in Telecommunications, where is NITEL?, where was NITEL during all those years when he was bringing “telecommunications into Nigeria”. NITEL was a government owned establishment and he couldn’t even keep it functional?

      OBJ united Nigeria? Please. How may people did you see blowing up things or carrying guns during his time. He had it easiest of all the presidents and he blew it all up.

      Like I said earlier please go on… bring in more points, I’m eagerly waiting.

    • jade

      April 10, 2017 at 3:33 am

      @lemmerant.
      You are ranting rubbish just like your name.
      It’s okay, you can go to bed now.

    • Tony

      April 9, 2017 at 6:04 am

      These people just carry God’s name and set to the forefront. It’s good to preach but acting on the sermon is completely another thing. The day we hold ourselves accountable and stop embarrassing our creator things would be better for the continent.

    • Anon

      April 9, 2017 at 7:13 am

      Corruption became ubiquitous in IBB’s era. That’s fact. Not to exonerate OBJ though. He is part of the problem. But who knows maybe he has finally realised his errs and might be able to use his influence to turn the churches in the right direction. It is a good start. What he said makes logical sense and will help. Because a lot of average Nigerians are brainwashed by churches. I just hope this is not another “face service” from him. ?

  4. Beard gang

    April 8, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    It must be out of respect and monetary gain that reasonable people still listen to this creature on anything
    One of nigeria’s monumental embarrassments

  5. Mz Socially Awkward....

    April 9, 2017 at 12:40 am

    …. but the Name of God has, sha, suffered greatly in the mouths/hands of Nigerians.

    Including this so-called statesman. To even start the discussion, which church called him to give this lecture? And to continue it, why is God never called into the picture by these self-same leaders when they’re selfishly doling out the country’s resources as part of their retirement plan?

    See ehnn…. Let’s stop using this false principle of “respect” to keep entertaining the views of past rulers who failed this country. Especially these ones who want to retire in a rose-tinted blaze of glory.

    Nigerians, free your minds, ohhh. It haff do for this self-imprisonment & still being led around by a noose in 2017….

  6. FasholasLover

    April 9, 2017 at 1:19 am

    OBJ, the man who fouls the air yet, raise his nose and flare his nostrils in surprise. Stinking old fart.

  7. nwa nna

    April 9, 2017 at 2:30 am

    The nerve of baba iyabo.. Hypocrisy at its best, morally bankrupt old fart

  8. GANNY OGUNSHAKIN

    April 9, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    After robbing the Country (Nigeria) blindly twice . First as a Military Head of State. Now as the elected President. This rogue has the audacity to stand before us pretending to be on the side of the people? Thou shall not call the name of thy God in Vain. We all serve a patient God. A hypocrite and epitome of corruption like Obasanjo a Pot wants God to help Nigeria eliminate Corruption . Be careful what you wish for. One of the very first sets of Nigerians God will eliminate is you and your cohorts and your other proxies holding/ hiding all the stolen Nigeria assets such as Oil blocks, Landed properties in Ota ( Obasanjo Farm to be precise) A word is enough for the wise. I’m just saying.

  9. SayNoToReligion

    April 9, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    Jesus is for White People. Black People, No Need to Pray

    Two ladies in despair came to a man known for his good will and generosity to ask for favor.

    The first lady said her only daughter is dying of malaria and she needs 5000 Naira to take her to the nearby city hospital.

    The second said, a wild dog bites her only son, and she needs 5000 Naira to take him to the nearby city hospital before he would eventually die.

    Unfortunately, the God fearing man has all in all only 5000 Naira to give away.

    The first lady, whose daughter is dying of malaria, is the sister of the man’s wife, and their families have known each for generations.

    The second lady, whose son was bitten by a dog, is a beautiful and nice girl, who came to town recently, and used to helps the man a lot with his work and she also sings for him as entertainment.

    The man found himself in a dilemma. He can’t not let his wife sister daughter die. Family links are sacred here in Naija. That’s a very emotional decision. In the same time he feels bad to let the helpful and nice girl down. He, personally, has so much to lose for not helping her.

    What should the man do? To which person should he give the money?

    I often use that story to ask the following questions to my fellow African Christians:

    If there was a war between white people nations and Black people nations, and both are praying to white Jesus, would Jesus side with black people or white people?
    (I often conclude that the reason we continue to lose to the white man is probably due to the fact that Jesus obviously favors his own white fellow, regardless of black people loud prayers).

    If a black man would ask God for advice regarding a business deal with a white man, and both prayed to white Jesus; would Jesus give the best advice to the black man?
    (I often conclude here that we lose in business to the white man because Jesus would favor his owns first).

    If a black man shared a secret with white Jesus, and a white man needs that secret to do well, and he prayed god to give him the secret, would god give the secret to the white man?
    (I often conclude that we became losers because we trust the wrong gods).

    The same reasoning goes for the Mohammedans Africans.

  10. abby

    April 10, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Daddy egbenusoun sir, what we need is strict as in STRICT SANCTIONS for looters of public funds..kill the bastards!

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