Worst leadership is in the church, says Adeboye
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Worldwide , Pastor Enoch Adeboye , has said there is dearth of good leadership in the country , adding that the church is the worst hit .
Adeboye explained that the problem of corruption in Nigeria was traceable to lack of contentment and greed.
The cleric spoke on Wednesday in Ikeja , Lagos , during the Third Annual Birthday Public Lecture organised by the church to commemorate his 75 th birthday .
Adeboye , who was represented by his wife , Folu, expressed sadness at the lack of true leadership in the society, calling for a return to cultural values .
He said , “Leadership is at the core of our problem in this nation. Some people sit in their room and comment on newspaper articles , but have you removed the log in your eyes?
“ If there is anywhere leadership should be recommended , it should be from the church. But it is unfortunate that the worst leadership is from the church . We should go and check ourselves . Are we in true leadership or we are in falsehood? Because this has been the groaning of my heart for many years and I pray about it fervently .
“ I challenge the leaders in this church that what the Bible says about elders , I have not seen it . But things are changing and I want us to be part of that change .
“ The problem of corruption which we have in this nation would not have been there if everybody is contented with what he or she has . But people love to do more than they have . They want to show off to their children , and the children also when they get to school or are with their colleagues , are not satisfied because they were not brought up to be satisfied .”
Adeboye appealed to elders in the society to live in a way befitting of their status , adding that women should also train their children to positively influence their future .
The guest speaker, Pastor Femi Atoyebi , who spoke on the theme , ‘ Excellent Leadership in Pluralistic and Ethno – religious Society like Nigeria , ’ lamented the decline in societal values and loss of respect for leadership and the constitution.
Atoyebi, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria , called for a separation between the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice in order to ensure that no one is above the law .
He said , “ As long as there is no procedure in place to enforce the law against whoever breaches it , there will continue to be impunity. Even if it is the President, if we have people that can stand up to him , then we will move forward .
“ I have always advocated a system where we have an independent attorney general . We can have an attorney general that stands for an election and canvasses for votes , promising to defend the constitution and enforce the law . If a president or governor makes a law that is not right , he goes to court to challenge it .
“ But as long as the President fills the office of the attorney general and that of minister of justice , things cannot move forward . And to do this, you will have to approach the National Assembly “ to rewrite the constitution , which is impossible at this point . ”