The pastor in the Acting President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, came alive on Saturday, as he highlighted that "if a nation is not righteous nothing will help it".

He was referring to Nigeria, touching again the mantra that brought his administration in - the fight against corruption. 

Professor Osinbajo was at the 30th National Biennial Conference of the Students Christian Movement (SCM) of Nigeria holding in Enugu.

Pastors in Nigeria got a share of his statement, as he berated them for failing to lend support to the Federal Government’s anti-corruption war.

They do not preach against the scourge, the Acting President said.

He says preachers were preoccupied with preaching prosperity rather than righteousness.

“Very rarely do you hear our preachers talk about corruption from their pulpits. If a nation is not righteous nothing will help it.”

Professor Osinbajo highlighted that the problem with Nigeria was neither ethnicity nor religion but systemic corruption.


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He said that corruption had been so entrenched in the country that "if you dare challenge it, you will be in the minority".

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He, however, challenged the youths to change the narrative and make the difference by checking the impunity of those that had stolen the resources of the country.

“Our problem in this country is not ethnicity or religion; it is not about Christians or Muslims. Our problems are the same wherever you go in this country.

“The story of our country is about good and evil. It is about those that have left us in this condition by stealing our common resources.

“Do not let anyone deceive you," he said.

The acting president challenged members of SCM to ensure that the movement becomes one of the tools that will move the country forward.

“You should understand that our country can be delivered by people like you.”

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According to him, young Christians have special and distinct roles to play in the transformation of the country which is superior to those of other sets of people.

“All of the great nations of the world were transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is not a gospel that tickles people’s imaginations or dwells on prosperity.

“It is not a gospel that fits your fancy. It is a gospel that teaches that righteousness exalts a nation.”

Osibanjo appealed to Nigerians to stand against the plundering of the nation’s resources as well as support the anti-corruption initiative of the Federal Government, irrespective of party affiliations.

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