Seventh Day Adventist Church has blamed religious leaders and educational institutions for the rising spate of corruption in the country.
The church also appealed to the Independent National Electoral Commission to stop conducting elections on Saturdays so as not to deny its members from going to church.
The President of the Seventh Day Adventist Church , Western Nigeria Union, Pastor Oyeleke Owolabi, said these in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday during a press briefing on the 2016 Conference of the church beginning on Thursday in Ekiti State.
He said, “Corruption has to be tackled from family level and educational institution. Religious institution must be centre of reformation, purification and new beginning. Unfortunately, leaders of religion are involved in demonic practices. If religious leaders are corrupt, what form of teaching will they give to their followers. We should be good examples to our followers.
Owolabi also lamented that some religious leaders had turned churches to profit ventures, hence the move by government to start taxing churches.
According to him, churches are supposed to be for welfare and supporting government in governance.
“Unfortunately, we have many business oriented churches in Nigeria. Before government will start taxing religious organisations, let them do fact finding to know who they are. All our organisations are non-profit oriented. Six per cent of the tithe payed by members of our church go to Babcock University.”
“Government must not see churches and mosques as money making ventures. Let them examine the churches and mosques very well and know those that are established for profit. Churches should not be places where you display opulence, but places for purification, transparency and accountability. They should help in waging war against corruption.”