BY OLAYINKA LATONA
THE diocesan bishop of Lagos Mainland, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Rt. Rev.Adebayo Akinde has given reason why corruption thrives in the country, saying the situation will continue until we learn to punish people for their criminal acts.
Addressing newsmen in his office to highlight events lined up by the church to mark the 5th anniversary of the diocese, Akinde lamented that most corrupt leaders in the nation are neither probed nor adequately prose-cuted for their crimes against the state.
“Most of our leaders who were implicated in various scams were not probed and prosecuted. We have forgotten everything about the Halliburton scandal which was in international media. We are told that the necessary authorities can no longer find the report. How many of those who have stolen millions and billions of naira from the nation’s coffers, have been sent to jail? Are they not the ones still making different laws for the nation?”
He therefore called on winners of the ongoing general elections, who will be assuming various positions in May, to shun all forms of evil manipulations that can draw the nation back, but rather see their election as an opportunity to serve the nation.
The bishop noted that those who will assume office in May should not see their positions as an opportunity to loot the nation’s treasury but endeavour to fulfil all their campaign promises to the electorate who made great sacrifices during the electioneering process to vote candidates of their choice.
Akinde also challenged Christians in politics to draw lessons from the Easter season to help in ending the decadence in the society. He said Christians ought to be salt of the earth and light of the world and must therefore show forth the light in their various positions, stating that they must not join in pulling down the nation, rather they must contribute to uplift the banner of light and salt in the nation.
According to him; “The Bible made it very clear and as Christians we are expected to show the light in the dark places of the world to show forth the glory of the Lord. If only Christians in politics will imbibe Christian principles and biblical doctrines Nigeria will be a better place.”