From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
Bishop of Diocese of Kaduna, Anglican Communion, Bishop Josiah Idowu Feron has warned Nigerian leaders not to turn the country into another genocide.
He warned that if the present problems bedeviling the nation are not brought under control what happened in Rwanda will be child’s play compared to the disaster looming Nigeria.
He stated this in a sermon delivered at the Saint Michel cathedral church in Kaduna yesterday to celebrate the Easter Sunday.
Bishop Feron added that all indications point to the fact that the leadership in the country, both political and religion have imbibed the doctrine of materialism instead of services to mankind and God.
“Let me say this because I am talking to you as people who confess the ministry of Christ, we are the major problems of what is happening to us as a nation because we have become so materialistic that we sold out our conscience for peanuts. Unless we go back to the teaching of Christ that said even though Jesus is said to be of equal to God the father, he sees himself as nothing and ready to make sacrifice to save the human race.
“Today you find Church leaders trying to compete with politicians and traditional ruler in the areas of who drove in the best car, who flies in his own private jet and who have the largest castles in Abuja.
“In trying to gets these materials we have turned our faces off the evil that is been committed in the land, rather than condemning these evils we fraternized with the perpetrators.
“Church leaders today are struggling to get the richest men in town and politicians without questioning their sources of wealth. Any President or Governor will be received like an angel in many places
of worshiping in Nigeria today. If you are a regular member of the church and was in the church before the august visitor the ushers may ask you to vacate your seat, forgetting that all are equal before Christ. All this is because of the brown envelope that is expected from the visitor.
“Let me add here that we should stop blaming Boko Haram for the problems in the country, we should rather blame ourselves as Christian if we have kept to the ministry of Christ we will not be experiencing
the insurgency in the country, but we have create or turn in new doctrines that are totally against Christ teaching and that is the major problem of the Christians faith today we don’t read the Bible to
understand it rather we wait for somebody to interprete the Bible to us in his own way.” Bishop Feron said
On the way forward, bishop Feron called on leaders in the country to know that they will be held accountable for their deeds on earth before their creature and indirectly for the evils their followers committed so they should be careful in what they preach or teach to people.