The Anglican Bishop on the Niger, Rev. (Dr.) Owen Nwokolo, has warned Nigerian public office holders to stop deceiving and exploiting Nigerians under the cover of working for the interest of the people.
Speaking in an interview with newsmen in Onitsha, the Anambra State commercial nerve centre, shortly after the end of 2017 Fresh Manna Conference of the diocese,
the bishop said that some politicians and public office holders in the country have tactfully cashed in on the docility and permissiveness of Nigerians to perpetrate various crimes against them.
While recounting what he called uncountable number of arrests by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of some public office holders who were alleged to have embezzled public funds,
the bishop wondered why an individual or a small group of people could hold the people to a ransom by having the heart to embezzle public funds in billions of Naira entrusted into their care.
Bishop Nwokolo attributed the current high rate of poverty, deprivation, hunger and the near starvation in the country to what he described as “very high degree of corruption and callousness among politicians and public office holders”.
The Bishop however advised Nigerians to be of good courage and prayerful, assuring them that one day these corrupt people will account of for their evil deeds.
“Today, they think they have succeeded in deceiving us, of course, yes they have, but soon, very soon, nemesis will catch up worth them. If they deceive us, they can’t deceive God”, he said.
The Bishop therefore warned public office holders in the country not to play with God, adding, “the God of the masses who you exploit will certainly fight for them”.
Earlier in a church service that concluded the four- day evangelical festival, Ven. Dave Udoezika had called on Nigerians, especially Christians not to allow themselves to be intimidated by situations of things in the country.
In the sermon which he tagged, “We are Strangers Here”, the Venerable assured Christians that as long as they do not defile themselves, they have nothing to be afraid about.
Ven. Udoezika, who is the Archdeacon of the New Covenant Archdeaconry, Nkpor, warned Christians that as peculiar people, they are accountable for whatever God entrusted in their hands.
“By so doing you will indeed be true children of God,” he said.
Alphonsus Nweze, Awka