With many Nigerians of the belief that the church is failing in her responsibility to check excesses and condemn corruption by every means possible, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, at its 12th biennial conference on Friday in the Akwa Ibom State capital, Uyo, resolved to tackle corruption in the nation through deliberate isolation of corrupt members.
The outgoing National President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, charged Pentecostal ministers to scrutinise the source of their members’ wealth, as he spoke at the grand finale of the 12th biennial conference of the Fellowship.
“We must be ready to give an account for ourselves and therefore we will no longer tolerate criminals in the Church of God. Men of God, you must be ready to question the source of members’ wealth,” Oritsejafor said.
He expressed disgust on the level of corruption in the country, saying it was totally disheartening when he read the report of a man who stole about N23 billion Police Pension Fund saying ‘he only stole N23 billion.’
Oritsejafor spoke about Daniel in the Holy Bible, who refused to defile himself with the king’s delicacies. He therefore charged doctors, lawyers, teachers, politicians and all professionals to carry their mandate without any form of compromise, as he argued that “there is nothing on the king’s table that is worth your God-given mandate.”
“We must be ready to declare that we will not compromise our salvation or the mandate God had given to us.”
Oritsejafor said the emergence of Boko Haram didn’t start the persecution of the Church in Northern Nigeria. He stated that the Church had always been persecuted even before Boko Haram, in a deliberate and obvious act.
According to him, it is common knowledge that despite the pretence to one brotherhood in the country, no church in that region has been given a certificate of occupancy in the last 30 years.
“I stand to be corrected, there is no university campus in the North where Christian students are allowed to worship their God without harassment,” he stated, calling on all delegates from that part of the country not to run away.
“They are doing everything to squeeze you out of your God-given land in the North, but I urge you to stay. Don’t run away, the Church in the South will stand by you. Don’t compromise because of persecution. God will stand by you,” he said, adding that as God rose on behalf of Daniel, Joseph and many others in the Bible, so God will stand by the Christians in the North.
“No gates of Hell, neither conspiracy from the pit of hell can stop the Church in this country. If they cannot stop the Church, they cannot stop you.”
Speaking earlier, the new PFN president, Rev. Felix Omobude described Oritsejafor as the voice of the Lord in this hour. He charged Christians not to be weary of current happenings in the country, saying that God will fight for His people.