Among the social vices listed by the President are armed robbery, cultism, ritual killing and drug peddling.
The President, who was represented by the Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Ms. Ama Pepple, said this during the official launch of the National Christian Campaign on Social Transformation, themed: Be The Change You Want To See, organised by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
He urged the church, which typifies the body of Christ, to launch the country back on the path of righteousness through its teachings.
Jonathan traced the level of moral decadence in the country to homes, schools and churches.
According to him, “Our priorities are misplaced. We have trained our children to insult elders, parents fight teachers who discipline their children and so we have been reproducing badly behaved children, who come under peers influences. The church itself has not always done what it should do, some of the teachings in some of our churches have turned the Bible upside down, the Bible is meant to teach us that which is right and help us to do righteous things.”
Jonathan further said, “We have lost our moral values and principles. So much has gone wrong in our family life, schools, churches and society in general. The whole society has failed, that is one reason we have incidents of cultism, armed robbery, murder, ritual killings, drugs, sale of babies, kidnapping, sexual immorality, and the rest.
“It would appear we have the society we deserve. We therefore need both moral and spiritual transformation. We need to return to God-study and obey the word of God which is able to cleanse us.”