Osinbajo while speaking at the 30th National Biennial Conference of the Students Christian Movement of Nigeria holding in Enugu over the weekend, said many clergymen in Nigeria are now focused on preaching on prosperity rather than righteousness.
”“Very rarely do you hear our preachers talk about corruption from their pulpits. If a nation is not righteous nothing will help it.” the acting president had said.
Reacting to Osinbajo’s comment, the president of the CAN, Rev. Samuel Ayokunle in a statement released by his media aide, Adebayo Oladeji, said although Osinbajo might have exclusive information for him to make the claim, the church had been speaking corruption in all facets but whether people are listening to their sermons is another thing entirely.
The statement in part reads
“Being a pastor, the acting president may know what we don’t know and he has a right to correct those whose teaching or preaching contradicts the scripture. What we know is that the church must speak against evil in the land, corruption inclusive. The church has been speaking against the perceived genocide in the country, insecurity of life and property, hypocrisy, nepotism, greediness, tribalism, favourism, treasury lootings, lopsided appointments, etc.
“These are all manifestation of corruption. Corruption goes beyond greed and diversion of public money into personal hands. Whether our leaders, politicians and civil servants are listening is another thing entirely. Those who have not been preaching against the evil in the country should heed the counsel of the acting president and the leadership of CAN in turn tasks those in the position of authority to be sensitive to the yearning of the church for peace, security, job opportunities, good roads, affordable medical care, and an end to every form of hardship in the land.”