The founder of Christ Royal Family International Church, Bishop Tom Samson, said it would be wrong for people to keep criticising churches or mosques for the ills in the society.
He said if all the churches in Nigeria were removed, the country would no longer exist.
The cleric was reacting to criticisms by several people that despite the number of churches in the country, there is still corruption and other ills in the society.
Samson, who spoke recently at the church’s Founder’s Day Celebration, said, “The number of churches and mosques is small compared to the population. Let’s look at the population in Nigeria and the number of churches. People often forget that not everybody goes to the church or the mosque. It is even religion that is keeping Nigeria together.
“Some countries who didn’t pass through what we’re passing through now have split. Remove all churches and pastors from Nigeria and there will be no nation called Nigeria.
“The prayer we pray is what is keeping us together. People keep saying Nigeria is corrupt, but not everybody is corrupt. Nigeria is better shaped than what it could have been if no prayer is being offered. This country is not as bad as people say we are.”
Saying that fighting corruption should start from families, Samson also urged pastors to keep preaching against the vice, adding that churches and mosques should endeavour to contribute to national development.
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Source: The Punch