In Nigeria, there have been many strategies and mechanisms to alleviate poverty yet the country continues to exhibit high rates of poverty. Corruption remains the most critical obstacle to poverty alleviation and economic development in my country – Nigeria. Over 70% of Nigerians now live in abject poverty. Corruption in Nigeria has its root in permissive culture.
Many people in the country, 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. The government may succeed in building strong institutions but may not be able to deal with the root cause of poverty in the country. Fraudulent behavior is common in the society and many people already believe the federal government anti-corruption agencies are not independent and reliable.
Corruption in my country is deeply rooted in greed for money & power. And this has actually given birth to what Transparency International described as petty corruption. Petty corruption often has its root in poverty. Many poor people in the country survive by giving and accepting bribe. Church can help solve this problem. Nearly 50% of Nigerians are Christians. Church has no reason to be quiet about this evil called – corruption.
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 (KJV)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 ( KJV)Psalm 82:3-4).
The Christian Association of Nigeria & Other National Christian Bodies can help control corruption in the country by setting up an anti-corruption Christian academy within – just among Christians. Academy that would produce redemptive agents that can help effect the change we need in the country.
Although most people believe that churches in the country lack the integrity to resist corruption, that many are only interested in their own numerical and financial growth, plus gaining influence and access to people in power, that many are not truly committed to alleviating poverty.
My anti-corruption Christian initiative “Voice of God Movement” is a movement of the gospel for church reform & societal renewal. We promote often neglected biblical truths among Christians in Nigeria; and we challenge Christians to stand up and help control corruption in the country. We produce inspiring materials (both audio & print) and we give out free – compelling contents that can help raise awareness, reset mind-sets, change attitudes, and motivate followers of Christ to take action. The Bible says, we are the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13).
Frankly speaking, most of us – Christians 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 earthly business; it is a heavenly business (Luke 2:49). Our profit is not material but spiritual and goes to God.
Christ warned about the temptation of wealth, so we as Christians really need to be on guard against the temptation of wealth.
Verily I say unto you, that a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 19:23).
If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon who will commit to your trust the true riches (Luke 16:11)?
Nelson Mandela said, “overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice”.
I’m inviting all followers of Christ worldwide to support “Voice of God Movement” and help alleviate poverty in Nigeria. Corruption is worst than corona-virus.