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We have failed in battle against corruption - Obasanjo

We have failed in battle against corruption - Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday advocated 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 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


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