By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Reverend Olasupo Ayokunle on Sunday declared that the only way to keep the on going fight against corruption in Nigeria alive is for leaders at all levels to stand for the truth.
Reverend Ayokunle said this in his sermon at a church service organized as part of a week-long 69th Graduation and Foundation Day ceremonies of University of Ibadan (UI) held at the Chapel of the Resurrection, University of Ibadan.
The CAN President pointed out at the Church service attended by the UI Council Chairman and Pro Chancellor, Nde Joshua Waklek, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Abel Idowu Olayinka and his Management team, as well as top officers of the university that there was no basis for any leader to appropriate collective heritage for his own personal interests.
“Let us not compromise God’s standard in all situations. God is watching you. You must not fail God in your position by stealing from the public tills. Whoever is fighting corruption in his own little corner is the one who is on the Lord’s side. God is looking for somebody who will represent Him in truth and honesty”, he said
In the sermon entitled “Who is on the Lord’s Side?” the CAN President while lamenting the widespread corruption in the country identified six reasons why corruption has become so rampant in the society, saying, “weak leadership, the desire to please men, the desire to get rich quickly, selfishness and the lackadaisical attitude of the church are some of the reasons Nigeria is in a mire of corruption “
Urging the University of Ibadan administrators to rise to the challenge by confronting evil in any form, Reverend Ayokunle emphasized that every opportunity given by God to any individual to lead is a trap and that God shall require from every leader to account for the stewardship of the position.
At the Church service, the first lesson taken from Psalm 107 1-16 was read by the Institution’s Registrar, Mr. Olujimi Olukoya while the second and the third lessons were read by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka and the Chairman of Council respectively.