Buhari needs religious leaders’ support in corruption war — Cardinal Onaiyekan

John Onaiyekan, Catholic Archbishop of Abuja

The Catholic Bishop of Abuja Arch Diocese, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, has said the war against corruption should not be regarded as a project initiated by the current administration of Muhammadu Buhari.

Mr. Onaiyekan stated this on Saturday, during the priestly ordination of nine priests in the diocese, which took place at the Catholic Pro-cathedral, Abuja.

Mr. Onaiyekan said additional effort in the fight against corruption is a necessary step, and that such effort could only be accomplished with the support of religious institutions.

“It is not Buhari who is telling us to fight corruption. We have been doing it in many ways.

“I think we could do more in the fight against corruption if there is more synergy between government institutions and religious institutions.
I am not talking only of the church,” he stated.

Mr. Onaiyekan further said the current administration has done very little to ensure the active participation of religious leaders in the war against corruption.

He added that the change mantra of the All Progressives Congress, APC’s administration can only become a success if the government provides a forum for the active collaboration of religious organisations in the ongoing war against corruption.

“There should be such arrangement whereby government officials and religious people can sit down and see how we can all contribute to the fight against corruption,” he said.

“For the moment I don’t think we have gotten the forum for that kind of cooperation.

“If we you want people’s heart to change you have to reach out to us, we are the experts in that,” the Cardinal said.

Mr. Onaiyekan however noted that religious leaders have a moral obligation to help in the fight against corruption.

“Although we don’t have to wait for them to tell us, but my own believe is that if there is a concious effort to work together, the impact will be more serious,” he noted.

Mr. Oniyekan said the occasion signifies the occurrence of great things in the country.

“Nine ordinations in one cathedral at once is a big news, even in the big churches of the world.

“We are among the front liners in the league of nations of the world, in terms of faith,” Mr. Oniayekan stated.

The Bishop urged the newly ordained priests to stand out, in a world slowly drifting towards materialism.

“Even if the world is standing for materialism, the priest must stand out, so that other people can see them and emulate, and so that homily can preach louder,” he said.

Two of the newly ordained priests, Reverend Fathers Vincent Iletogbe
and Cephas Magaji said the occasion should be treasured.

Others ordained are Charles Eketelu, Kingsley Fedinand, Emanuel Odiong, Joseph Tyopenda, John Uche, Naset Nwodo and James George.

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  • 9JA IS DYING DEAD UNDER BUHARI

    It is time some of these Catholic Bishops are told to mind their own bussines confine their thoughts to issues of the church—————–If it is not Mbaka it is one other unknow clown—–They should try and put God first—and leave governace to the politicians—-Is Buhari really fighting a war against corruption? If yes what happens to the Amaechi and fashola ati Dmabazua and Prof Yakubu——————–of INEC who stole over 800m from UBEC

  • Kickboxer

    hahaha…this suggestion would not work because it did not work for Saddam Hussein & Ghadafi who surrounded themslves with marabout.

    My suggestion to religious leaders is that they should pray for quick arrival of 2019 and for a commonsensical leader who would actually fight all forms of corruption including material, political, religious, & 419 corruption

    • Kickboxer

      comonsensical= following the constitution

  • persona

    These guys are begging for relevance after canvassing that the president abandon what he promised to do.
    The religious leaders can be likened to a nursing mother, if you choose not to feed your child by yourself, you risk the death of the same child and you may never be called a mother again.
    The corruption that happened with active collaboration of religious leaders in the last dispensation almost broke this country. Did these guys not go to Vatican, Israel and spent hours televising GEJ on the rotating pulpit, yet Nigeria was led astray by them.
    Buhari will not call anyone to pontificate on how he should be honorable. The religious leaders are presently experiencing dwindling fortunes, they should get on their knees and pray that the coming judgement in the house of God will meet them well.

  • tundemash

    Same religious rogues who advised Jonadaft, took him to Israel and took dollars from him want President Buhari to patronise them.
    Bad market, President Buhari is not buying any of that. Mr. Onaiyekan should be contended with the money from the mugus who come kneeling before them every day. Back to sender !

  • Mama Kay

    Here we go again. These religious ‘leaders’ always seeking relevance. Where have you all been when your congregation were dying of hunger? You were all in bed with the politicians.

    You don’t need to sit with government to preach against corruption. Do it in your church and let your parishioners know that stealing is corruption. Also lead them by example. Let them do as you do not as you say.

  • Chris

    So shameful

  • Omotolaaraujo

    Religion in Nigeria has created more problems than it will ever solve. No religion in government should be the agenda for all politicians.

  • Jimi

    Tell us what you said against corruption when GEJ was the president. You do not need the president to preach against corruption in your church. Do your part and let Buhari do his own.

  • Deen Tee

    If you say you have been fighting corruption in your churches before Buhari came in, how come those thieves bring the money to churches and you collect from them? I hope the clergyman is not expecting Buhari to call religious leaders together and distribute the remaining money to them. If that is what he has in mind, that is highly impossible. Whoever that needs free money should look elsewhere.

  • Kickboxer

    WHEN YOU “FIGHT” CORRUPTION WITHOUT FOLLOWING THE CONSTITUTION YOU ARE CORRUPT OR HAVE SOMETHING TO HIDE.

    BRAINLESS BUHARI HAS A LOT TO HIDE. HE IS POLITICALLY CORRUPT. WHERE DID HE & APC GET THEIR CAMPAIGN FUNDS!!!

    BRAINLESS BUHARI & APC ARE 419!!!

    So…this suggestion would not work because it did not work for Saddam Hussein & Ghadafi who surrounded themselves with marabout.

    My suggestion to religious leaders is that they should pray for quick arrival of 2019 and for a leader who would follow the CONSTITUTION to actually fight all forms of corruption including material, political, religious.

    • Sunday OGUNKANMI

      A leader like Jonathan? God is not wicked like you.

    • Observer

      Brainless he goat, even if 2019 comes today, Buhari will still win…lol

  • Hans Oreva

    Thief theif Bishop… as nigeria is secular, we do not join church and state in our political affairs, Jonathan did it, and we had Oritsejafor plane used to conduit raw cash, Mr. Bishop, the church/religion is just a rotten egg that has being broken, soon enough all will perceive the stench and put you all in your right place…. Give Ceasars things to Ceasar and not help Ceasar in leading peoples, your mission as a religious leader does not involve politics; Face God and live politics to Man

  • SAM .A

    PMB does not need the help of any religious group to have a decisive war against Corruption in Nigeria . This Bishop John Onaiyekan is sounding like Pa Edwin Clark defending Tompolo as a nice and peaceful guy . something common to both is old age and selinity.
    It will be better for PMB to have Nigerians behind him than these parasitic Religoius leaders, and establish a true secular society , where religious and politics will never cross path again.
    You remember Jonathan was always on his knees before these religious merchants , one or two of then convulse with spirit to reassure Jonathan will win ,yet Jonathan had just asked Sambo Dasuki to steal $2.1 billion meant for weapons. and share it with his party cronies . Yet the fake Nigeria pastor was seen vision on a embodiment of corruptive leader . Billions of the stolen money ended in churches. as tithes and donations,you remember Ms Ibru of oceanic bank .Oyagbola ,an MD who stole so much and donated to Church , what about the boy who looted the bank and took it to Oyakhlomen Church ans EFCC feebly request for refund . What about the money taken by Churhes for campaign? what about CAN president renting his Jet to smuggle $ 9.4m to SA.
    PMB you need Nigerians not any corrupt Religious group who have been perpetrators of corruption . Remember Bishop Kukah who said PMB should not probe anybody .God Almighty will help PMB.

    • Observer

      bro, God bless your wisdom and contribution

  • olujeda

    He has no money to dole out to people like you man. Keep you religion with you. People who are more Catholic than the Pope. It’s only you religious leaders who can talk or wiser than the rest of the people. That your suggestion holds no water.

  • Victor Aikhionbare

    Oga bishop start the corruption fight already. No more room for CBN-ghana-must-go-bags. You don’t need buhari’s endorsement to tell your flock that stealing is corruption.

    • Oodo Andrew

      I just want to thank you. I’M OK WITH ALL THE COMMENTS I READ.

  • Du Covenant

    Ye..Ye man…

  • favourtalk

    Buhari has started the best thing which the past leaders didn’t do, all he needs is just for your prayers to succeed. Nothing more

  • linkhadj.

    With due respect dear BISHOP, not many people have respect for your views again ever since our knowledge of your antecedent s during GEJ regime where you and other orishajefored pastors like Kuka ended up commercialising CAN. PMB does not need any religious leader to give money to before fighting corruption.

  • uduakomiri

    Buhari needs no religious leaders support. These so-called religious leaders are criminals robbing the citizens with the bible. In fact, there is no difference between a Nigerian armed robber, politician, and religious official. If one is forced to choose between a criminal, politician, and religious leader, I daresay it would be safer to choose an armed robber. At least for certain, you know an armed robber wants to dispossess you of your valuables by telling you frankly that they want what belongs to you and they will take it by force. A politician takes what belongs to a country of millions of people just like an armed robber (using the police, army, thugs, hired assassins, and any other means possible) by deception, by making promises to sustain accountability, and enthrone change, or even reformation agenda. In reality, what the politician does is create a deformation agenda, a master plan for enslaving those he/she is supposed to serve, a blueprint for one of the most horrifying heists in the history of criminality, a grand plan for one man and his friends stomach infrastructure for life at the expanse of millions of Nigerians, at the cost of the lives, income, health, and livelihoods of the people who entrusted the politician with their votes, an outright betrayal of trust! And what does the religious leader do? One would expect that a religious leader would in the circumstances where politicians have betrayed the trust of the people, have stolen, killed, and debased the people, to do what the prophet Nathan did and reprimand the leader by speaking the truth as it is. Father Mbaka during the last presidential campaigns cried out to high heavens, he shouted to the people and told them that they should not follow the darkness, or those who have betrayed the mandate of the people. He could have hidden under the guise of protecting Christians against Muslims to hide the truth. But he gauged the mood of the people and had to speak up about what he saw. He went on and spoke the truth from what he could see in the country, the great suffering, the emptiness in the people, the hunger, and deaths in the midst of plenty, the insecurity, the recklessness of the rulers, their waywardness, he counselled the people not to fall for their deception, but rather to use their votes to change the things they don’t like. One of the important roles of a religious leader is to speak truth to power for it is said, if the salt loses its taste, it has no more use for anyone, it becomes useless! A religious leader is selfless rather than selfish, humble and modest rather than arrogant and brash, avoids material wealth rather than dwell in opulence. The Bible compared the wealthy making heaven (that is being able to understand righteousness) to a camel passing through the eye of a needle, and then concluded that it would be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle for the rich to follow the ways of righteousness (the rich, or wealthy, is not necessarily a condemnation of material resources but rather a reference to being able to place righteousness above the comforts that are drawn from material wealth, to place righteousness above every other gain) that is why the Bible said the poor (at heart) shall inherit the earth. Religious leaders are also supposed to be peacemakers rather than warmongers, and the harbingers of death, violence and destruction just to remain relevant to continue to draw gains from the filthy lucre that comes from the position they occupy. Thus the Bible said blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God’. And the Koran says this about peace: O You who believe! Enter absolutely into peace (Islam). Do not follow in the footsteps of satan. He is an outright enemy to you.” (Holy Quran: 2, 208).
    If truth be told, religious leaders in Nigeria are worse than armed robbers. The Koran says ‘Allah abhors corruption’ (Surat al-Baqara, 205). Yet our religious leaders defend the corrupt rather than expose them, they accept gifts and money from the corrupt in exchange for praying for them. But the gift of God could never be bought with money as Peter told Simon in Acts 8:18-24:
    When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God.
    One religious leaders from A-Z have been corrupted by money. They have no part in the ministry of God. Their god is the god of money and not the living God that the people seek. An armed robber is more honest than a Nigerian religious leader, and that says a lot about our sordid religious institutions! Buhari must never allow these parasites to get any close to him than a NEPA pole!