From Maurice Okafor,Enugu.
The Acting President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday said men of God have not wholesomely played critical roles in admonishing corruption which is one of the cardinal objectives of the present administration under President Muhammadu Buhari.
Osinbajo dropped this hints while speaking at the 30th National Biennial Conference of the Students Christian Movement (SCM) of Nigeria holding in Enugu.
According to him,the gospel of Jesus Christ contains mandates that command the minds of people with a view to changing certain societal dynamics.
He asserted that many clerics has abandoned preaching the aspects of the gospel that will enhance spiritual growth and righteousnesd among christians for prosperity.
His words,”We are not preaching righteousness from our pulpits but prosperity.Very rarely do you hear our preachers talk about corruption from their pulpits. If a nation is not righteous nothing will help it” he said.
Osinbajo said that the problem with Nigeria was neither ethnicity nor religion but systemic corruption.
He said that corruption had so been entrenched in the country that “if you dare challenge it you will be in the minority.”
He, however, challenged the youths to change the narrative and make the difference by checking the impunity of those that had stolen the resources of the country.
“Our problem in this country is not ethnicity or religion; it is not about Christians or Muslims. Our problems are the same wherever you go in this country.
“The story of our country is about good and evil. It is about those that have left us in this condition by stealing our common resources. Do not let anyone deceive you,” he said.
Osibanjo challenged members of SCM to ensure that the movement becomes one of the tools that will move the country forward.
“You should understand that our country can be delivered by people like you,” he said.
The vice president said that young Christians has special and distinct roles to play in the transformation of the country which is superior to those of other sets of people.
“All of the great nations of the world were transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is not a gospel that tickles people’s imaginations or dwells on prosperity.
“It is not a gospel that fits your fancy. It is a gospel that teaches that righteousness exalts a nation,” he said.
Osibanjo appealed to Nigerians to stand against the plundering of the nation’s resources as well as support the anti corruption initiative of the Federal Government irrespective of party affiliations.
Earlier in an address, Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State commended the organisers of the event for a successful convention.
Ugwuanyi said that Christians needed such events in order to seek spiritual reformation and renaissance considering the situation in the world.
He said that Christians also needed to contribute their quota in promoting good living among Nigerians.
Ugwuanyi called on Nigerians to continue to pray for President Muhammadu Buhari and for the peace of the nation.
Earlier In his address of welcome, the National President of SCM, Rev. Eric Ighalo commended Osinbajo for honouring their invitation to be part of the event.
Ighalo said that the conference aims at projecting active involvement of Nigerian youths in nation building nation building through dialogue, collaboration and contention.