By Ebriku John Friday, Israel
The chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) FCT chapter, Rev. Dr. Jonah Samson, has called on Nigerians irrespective of their religious inclination to shun corruption in its entirety and all forms of hate.
Rev Samson, who is one of the leaders of the FCT delegation on the ongoing 2017 pilgrimage to Israel stated this during a tour of a holy site, the Shepherd Field in Bethlehem, the birth place of Jesus Christ.
Speaking further he encouraged s Nigerian Christians to recognise their identity as the light and salt of the world, and rise to the responsibility of correcting various ills especially corruption in the Nigerian society through their conducts.
Dr. Samson said that corruption has eaten deep into the fabric of the Nigerian system and is largely responsible for the country’s socio-economic underdevelopment. He, therefore, called on Nigerians to put all hands on deck to eliminate corruption.
While lamenting the high level of corruption and the poor level of development in the country, he said Christians should not be seen to be perpetrating acts of corruption in their places of assignment, rather they should be true ambassadors of Christ wherever they find themselves.
He said: “The Church should speak with one voice and rise against the menace of corruption. They should join hands with government in the fight against corruption. It is a task which the Church must embrace with all sincerity.
“It is unfortunate that the Church has remained too silent in tackling the issues that affect the society. If we reprocess ourselves morally, then we are laying the foundation for a new start for ourselves and the entire country.”
“For Nigeria to achieve speedy development, people must do away with sentiments, corruption, injustice, and abuse of office, among others.’’
He reiterated the commitment of the church to supporting key government policies that can impact the lives of Nigerians.
He further appealed to Nigerians to be law abiding while respecting constituted authorities for peace and national development.