The problems of Nigeria is not in its conventional composition, formation, functionality, constitution or treaty, while the solutions are not disintegrations as promulgated by some faiths fanatics and bigotries, but the positions of Pastors and Imams have failed in their spiritual obligations.
The aforementioned Leaders could not instill discipline, tolerance, sincerity, integrity, ethics, etiquette, decorum, sanity, morality and Immaculateness among their congregations. I doubt, without outright eradication and elimination of this menace plaqueing us, we can't stand out. Considering the omnipresent societal decadent, in all honesty can we tell our Imams and Pastors well done or bad done?
Our Institutions of worship have deviated hence there are many Churches and Mosques as there are more crimes in our climes. On each service days these so called places of worship will fill with members yet, no change of attitudes in them and one now wanders if Pastors and Imams are only interested in more members which in turn means more offerings, tithes, donations and projects for them as against real salvation in as much as they smile to the Banks. Isn't it the cardinal mission and vision Christians and Moslems to save mankind from sin and bring humans closer to God and Allah through preaching, teaching, praises and worships considering the awareness of God/Allah and with the proximity of Churches and Mosques to the people?
Churches and Mosques are close to the people now than before, yet the corruption in our climes is enormous, is it not evident that Churches and Mosques of nowadays do not concentrate on morality and the fear of God/Allah is no more the focus of their teachings but riches, wealth and prosperity. One can asserts that Pastors and Imams have compromised and their activities commercialized as where corruption and immoralities are glorified. Most Pastors and Imams willfully and unspiritually give first class treatment and preference to their obvious corrupt members.
In other words, Pastors and Imams now celebrate riches and wealth as against the rudiments and nitty gritty of Christianity and Islamic. The rich members are either stakeholders or shareholders, while the poor members are relegated to the position of cleaners. Why should the Ushers reserve and direct only the elegantly dressed members to the front roles, the same ones who can be described as Wolves in Sheep clothes or worst still, green snakes in green grass.
Aren't the corrupt Politicians, Police, Army, Navy, Customs, Air force, Immigration, Civil Defense, NDLEA, Judges, Magistrates, Journalists, Bankers, Lecturers, Civil Servants, Medical Doctors, Business People etc that indulge in this corruption members of Churches and Mosques? How many of these corrupt personnels have you Pastors and Imams expelled from your congregations?
Even when most Nigerian Pastors ripe off (swindle) their neophytes members through the deceptive anointed waters which cost as much (as #5, 000) in most Nigerian Churches. Nigerian Pastors amounting so much wealth to themselves through the members' openhanded dedication, yet instead of the Pastors to give back to the members that obediently financed these schools through their offerings, tithes and bountiful donations, they end up turning into business men by building exclusive Universities, Secondary, Primarily and Nursery Schools that the ordinary members of their churches cannot afford the fees.
Their Churches are inclusive but their Schools are expensively exclusive. Nigerian Public/Unity Schools are considerate than the supposedly spiritual Private Schools whose fees are out of this world. Some own private jets while some members starved to pay tithes, what a Pastor's inhumanity to members.
What a worldly, wasteful and disgraceful expedition, hence they find solace in men instead of God by moving in procession of heavily armed security guards. You be the Judge!
Erudite Tanifo, Bethel N. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- News24 Nigeria
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