In Nigeria, several strategies have been employed to alleviate poverty – yet poverty is on the rise beyond control in the country.
Over 75% of Nigerians live in poverty.
Corruption remains the most critical obstacle to poverty alleviation and economic development in my country - Nigeria.
Corruption in Nigeria has its root in permissive culture.
Behavior is our main problem.
If we fail to deal with it now, it can only get worse.
Most people have improper and slavery attitudes toward money & wealth.
We have so much people with dishonest behaviors, unstable minds, ever ready to trick or deceive, and carryout unlawful acts for material gain.
Government may not be able to deal with the root cause of poverty in the country.
Corruption in Nigeria is deeply rooted in greed for money, wealth, & power.
Corruption is like a norm in Nigeria – since 1970s.
At this moment, the whole thing is worst than an epidemic disease in the country.
Church can help solve this problem.
Over one hundred million Nigerians are Christians; although many are really suffering.
Corruption is the main reason Nigeria is so poor today.
The Bible says:
Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy (Proverbs 31:8-9).
Defend the poor and fatherless, do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy; rid them out of the hand of the wicked (Psalm 82:3-4).
Maybe the Nigerian Church failed to play its own role properly as the salt of the earth?
But Christ warned about the temptation of wealth – Matthew 6:24.
We as Christians really need to be on guard against the temptation of mammon.
Wealth if idolized may hinder the Christian from doing the mind of Christ.
Most churches in Africa serve mammon not Christ.
Wealth is idolized in many churches across Nigeria.
I think is time the Nigerian church repents of materialism and help control corruption in the country.
We need reorientation programs in Church.
We must go back to the Bible and take back our values.
We need an anti-corruption academy in Nigeria – a Christian academy established by C.A.N or P.F.N.
We need fellowship where Christians can be trained to be redemptive change agents in society.
I dream about a National Christian fellowship that would promote the culture of integrity in our society.
The Christian Association of Nigeria can establish this fellowship and ask members to comply.
Most of us, church leaders and preachers in Nigeria really need to change our style & approach towards Christianity to avoid fueling corruption in the country.
The great commission is not an earthly business; it is a heavenly business (Luke 2:49).
Our profit is not material but spiritual and goes to God.
Church has what it takes to make Nigeria great again. We are the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13).
“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice” – Nelson Mandela
No justice, no future for the poor.
The Nigerian church is actively involved in the politics of Nigeria.
What do you think Christian?