Chairman and editor-in-chief of LEADERSHIP Newspapers Group Limited, Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah, has challenged leaders of the Christian faith in the country to speak up against corruption in the high places, which he said had ruined the country.
In his review of the synod presidential address delivered by Bishop (Dr.) Josiah Idowu Fearon, the Doicesan Anglican Bishop of Kaduna, in Kaduna yesterday, Mr. Nda-Isaiah said that the problem of the country was failure of leadership.
He said that the massive corruption going on in government had made it impossible for the government to provide the necessary amenities for the citizenry, hence the attendant socio-economic problems.
The publisher lamented that terrorists have overpowered the government and taken over the land, killing innocent citizens, noting that there is too much bloodshed in the land.
His said, “But my submission is that our problem is squarely a failure of leadership. We as Christians must avoid being too sentimental about the issues. There are some things that only governments can do, and indeed, the constitution of the country states very clearly that welfare and security of the people are the responsibility of the government.
“If churches are frequently bombed and this has happened continuously, then it is the government, and by extension, the man who leads the government that has failed; nothing more, nothing less.
“It is about time Christian leaders started telling the truth to power holders as directly as they should.
“One of the things that have led to this failure of leadership is the level of corruption we now see. And many Christians are involved. Corruption in Nigeria is now measured in trillions of naira. So much money has been stolen that only a meager amount are left for the running of the police and intelligence services. So the consequence is that the terrorists have outgunned our security agents.”
Nda-Isaiah said that because of the high level of corruption in the guise of fuel subsidy, specially in 2011, not enough funds were left for the security of the people.
“Because of this monumental fraud, not enough money was left for the security of the people and the creation of economic activities that would create jobs and reduce tension in the land.
I will have no time to talk about the stolen pension funds and the N2 trillion that was supposedly spent to generate electricity between 1999 and 2007. But Christian leaders have been too quiet on the matter, and it is not good.
“I will, therefore, call on Christian leaders to speak up. Senior leaders must be seen to be openly speaking the truth to the power, or else they shall be guilty of complicity. In fact, that is the only way to help a leader. Proverbs 20:28 says, ‘Mercy and truth preserve the King.”
He, therefore, admonished the church to get on its knees in prayers, as according to him, “It is time to spiritually break the jinx and cycle of bad leadership.’’