By Sam Eyoboka
PRELATE of Methodist Church Nigeria, Most Rev. Sunday Ola Makinde, yesterday vowed to mobilise Christians in the country to resist with the last drop of their blood any attempt by any government to impose tax on the church, just as he condemned clergymen who do not pay their income tax.
Addressing newsmen in his office to mark 2009 MCN Property Awareness Week, which will be holding in all local churches across the nation this week with a theme, â€œUnderstanding Methodist Church Nigeria Land Transactions and Legal Process,,â€ Makinde also berated the government for the current ASUU strike.
According to the prelate, who displayed his personal income tax clearance certificate to newsmen, any clergy man who refuses to pay his personal income tax should be given the same treatment meant for every tax defaulter because â€œJesus Christ, our author, told us to give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and give unto God what is Godâ€™s.â€
He argued that any church that has a business and is not paying taxes on such ventures should, as a matter of urgency, repent from their evil ways and turn a new leaf by remitting such taxes.
On the current ASUU strike, Makinde who was flanked by the Lay President of the Conference, Sir Oluremi Omotosho and Chief Dosu Fatoku, said government should quickly address the issues involved by adequately funding education in the country, saying that the standards have fallen tremendously because of the years of neglect.
Said he: â€œEducation is not well funded at all. These lecturers are crying for adequate funding of the sector, not necessarily for themselves but for the under-privileged persons in the society who cannot send their children to schools in Europe and America.â€
The cleric commended the Lagos State governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola for the giant strides he has taken thus far to address the issue of flood and efforts to curb noise pollution including those occurring in places of worship, adding â€œsuch acts constitute nuisance to the well-being of others.â€