ByÂ Sam Eyoboka
THE National President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, yesterday identified fetish practices, cultism, corruption, militancy, high level poverty and disunity as the bane of the nationâ€™s development.
Delivering the sixth Adeleke Adejobi Foundation Annual Lecture at the Adebola House, Opebi, Ikeja, yesterday, Oritsejafor, who hailed the decision by the Federal Government to return to the negotiating table with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), to arrest the three-month-old strike that has crippled activities in the nationâ€™s universities.
He showered encomiums on the late Most Rev. Apostle (Dr.) E.O. Adeleke Adejobi, the second primate of the Church of The Lord (Aladura) Worldwide, saying there was no better way of immortalising and sustaining the ideals he believed in than the annual lecture where matters affecting contemporary society are discussed.
Lamenting the rot in the nationâ€™s education sector, Oritsejafor said if half of yearly budgetary allocations are spent judiciously and meticulously, the nation would not be in the deplorable state it is today.
Speaking on a paper, entitled: ”Christianity and Culture,” he drew inspiration from different models of culture, and defined culture to mean the way of life of a particular people living together in one place.
In the face of contradictions between Christianity and culture, the pastor emphasised the need for Christians to be actively involved in all human activity to build the nation, arguing that Christians owe it a duty to influence and affect the nation culture positively.
â€œIf you attain any height or status and you do not use it to make Jesus and His kingdom bigger, then that status/achievement is valueless,â€ he argued.
â€œGod wants to use you and I to deliver Nigeria to Himself. This is why we must have Christians in the Judiciary, the Army, teaching profession, politics, business et al.
â€œWe must be kingdom- minded, which means whatever resources God puts in our hands, we must put to use for the kingdom,â€ he said, adding that Christians must not shy away from politics, commercial music, film making and business.
Earlier, the Chairman of the occasion and Publisher of Vanguard Newspapers, Mr. SamÂ Amuka and the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Foundation, Rev. O. Ayeni, hadÂ extolled the virtues of the late primate, stressing the need for every Christian to emulate him.
The son of the late primate, Pastor Adebola Adejobi, also hinted on plans for the Foundation to go into other social responsibility projects such as tackling killer diseases like breast cancer, diabetes, heart disease.