By George Onah
Port Harcourtâ€”The problems bedevilling Nigeria as a nation have been attributed to insincerity on the parts of Christians and Muslims in the country â€œbecause they have failed to live up to the tenets of their respective faithsâ€.
The Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, His Grace, Most Rev Peter Jasper Akinola, stated, weekend, in Port Harcourt, that there must be a change of attitude so that the nation can improve widely.
Speaking at St. Cyprianâ€™s Anglican Church at the Second Session of the First Conference of the Provincial Men Christian Association of the Ecclesiastical Province of Niger Delta he regretted the complex nature of Nigeriaâ€™s problems.
Akinola urged Christians to contribute to resolving instead of being part of the problem and enjoined them to make positive impact in their localities for the wellbeing of the nation.
The cleric called on Christians, as â€œsalt and light in the worldâ€, to eschew corrupt tendencies in their dealings, noting that â€œa few genuine Christians can transform the nation,â€ and stressed that â€œthose who validate evil by connivance are not worthy to be called Christiansâ€.
Also, a former Justice of the Supreme Court and Chairman, Governing Board of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST), Justice Adolphus Karibi-Whyte, called on Christians to adhere to the biblical injunction on forgiveness, saying that â€œconflicts refine Christian characterâ€.
Karibi-Whyte, who is also the Chancellor of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, commended the Men Christian Association for being in the forefront of the battle to enthrone godliness and positively impact society; and urged them to focus on spreading the gospel.