Church leaders yesterday urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to relent in his bid to rid the country of corruption, saying they are fully behind him.
They spoke at a media briefing on the forthcoming state-wide crusade being organised by the Deeper Christian Life Ministry in association with the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN).
The Chairman of Lagos PFN, Bishop Sola Ore, who was represented by the Financial Secretary, Pastor Leke Akinola, said no corrupt official, past or present, should be spared.
He said prosecution of crooks and looters of public funds must not be selective.
“We are in support of what is happening. But we want the fight to be all-embracing. There should be no sacred cows,” he said.
Akinola added that the church also supports the anti-corruption fight through “spiritual revolution”, which involves helping people realise the futility of illicit wealth acquisition.
Deeper Life’s Church Moderator, Pastor Joseph Fasanmi, who represented its General Overseer, Pastor William Kumuyi, said despite government’s efforts, “robbery, cultism, drug menace, prostitution, kidnapping and other crimes still exist”.
“A fearsome swarm of iniquities is yet rife in the state. Ours is a state that has been held under siege for too long. If not for God’s abiding grace, our city, nay the state, could have gone under altogether.
“While we salute the positive actions so far taken by our respected Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, we hasten to state that unless the required spiritual renaissance and moral re-armament are put in place, enduring change in Lagos, or any other place for that matter, will remain a pipe-dream,” he said.
Fasanmi added that the crusade will begin on September 8 in Ikeja and will cover “20 staggered days”.
It will hold in Lagos Island, Epe, Ikorodu, Badagry, Ketu, Gbagada, Festac, Isolo, Agege, Alimosho, Oshodi, Orile, Ajegunle, Surulere, Apapa, Shomolu and others.
It has the theme: “Supernatural Power of God’s Wonders”.
The cleric said unless the heart of man is changed and turned around by God for good, measures by government to end evil would less impactful.
Fasanmi said despite efforts to improve the socio-political and economic space since the return of democracy in 1999, the citizens’ attitudinal disposition, moral and spiritual make-up remain low.
He added: “The leaders themselves are out-crops of a depressed environment, who cannot be expected to provide enduring solutions to the multi-faceted challenges facing mankind and summed up in one word – sin.
“We make bold to state that it is only a completely changed heart of man by God through the gospel that can bring about a fundamental and un-adulterated transformation in our broad landscape.” Fasanmi said the crusade will serve to expose and deal with the problem of acute unrighteousness with the objective of giving millions opportunity to receive God’s forgiveness and mercy.
He added: “The crusades will also prayerfully bring down the power of God with a view to ameliorating the rather punishing challenges many daily contend with.
“Our firm conviction is that once the hearts of the general citizenry are made right, it will be easier for the government to prosecute its programmes fairly successfully.”