Nigerian Pastor Says ‘Demons of Corruption’ Are Holding the Nation Captive

An aerial view of Bauchi state in Nigeria. (Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde)
An aerial view of Bauchi state in Nigeria. (Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde)

A pastor in Nigeria says demons of corruption are holding the nation captive and, as a result, Nigeria’s polity and societal fabric are experiencing underdevelopment and instability.

The Rev. Elisha Samson of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) in Bauchi state in northeast Nigeria made this observation in an exclusive interview in the city of Bauchi.

The only way out of the quagmire for Nigeria and its people, Samson said, is for everyone in the country—especially political leaders—to eschew corruption and offer the country sacrificial leadership that is built on the fear of God and being gracious to the people in the implementation of state policies.

“If we can make sacrifices, this can rule out greediness, selfishness, sectionalism and the rest. There is no doubt that our society will change for the better and Nigeria will again witness rapid development,” Samson said.

The clergyman, who is the pastor of ECWA GoodNews Church in Bauchi, while quoting from the book of Isaiah 53, said he is emphasizing the need for Nigerian political leaders to imbibe a sacrificial leadership style of governance because Jesus Christ has set an example through His sacrificial death on the cross.

“The death of Jesus Christ is a sacrifice for all of mankind,” Samson said. “From His sacrificial life, we too must be sacrificial in our relationship with others. And in doing so, we must not do it on the basis of who or what is to us, but being gracious to all we come across in the country.”

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SOURCE: Charisma News
Obed Minchakpu

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