By Akoma Chinweoke
President of Earthen Treasures Foundation for Humanity, Pastor Bamidele Olurin, believes that for Nigeria to be free of corruption and move forward as a nation, its leaders and her citizens must recognize what the countryâ€™s core values are and embrace them.
Olurin, who is also the area pastor of Redeemed Christain Church of God, Tree of Life parish, Apapa, Lagos, disclosed this in Lagos at the church’s Joint Heirs programme, an annual event designed to reach out to the less privileged in the society. He blamed societal craze for wealth at all cost, for the prevalence of corruption in the country.
According to the cleric, time has come for the country to change its orientation, stressing that corruption-prone offices should be made less attractive. He also pointed out that if the National Assembly can demonstrate the political will to pass the Freedom of Information Bill corruption will reduce.
“A lot of people with valuable information that nail corrupt leaders keep quiet because of the fear of victimization,” he added “so, you find a situation where corruption will grow continually; but the Church must also preach the truth always from the pulpit.
What is bad should be condemned and with fervent prayers, we can transform our nation to a happy and prosperous one.
The cleric explained that the Joint Heirs programme was started about three years ago by Pastor Mark Osareme, having realized that some of the children in the homes are stigmatized, forcing some of them to be angry against the society while others are annoyed with the circumstances surrounding their birth.
Fifteen orphanage homes and five schools benefitted from various gift items and cash prizes donated by various individuals and companies to support the event.