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Bishop to looters: Ill-gotten wealth will take you nowhere

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Public office holders have been warned against looting the treasury because they will account for such misdemeanor before God. The Archbishop of Ondo Province of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), the Most Reverend George Lasebikan, gave the warning at the weekend during the funeral service of Mrs. Caroline Adebiyi at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Osi Ekiti in Ekiti State.

The late Mrs. Adebiyi was the wife of the retired Bishop of Diocese of Lagos West of the Anglican Communion, the Rt. Reverend Peter Adebiyi. The funeral was attended by Bishops and gospel ministers from far and near. Apparently disturbed by the report of alleged treasury looting and stealing of billions by those entrusted with leadership positions in Nigeria, Lasebikan said the looters may not live long to enjoy their ill-gotten wealth.

He expressed fear that Nigeria may not experience the development envisaged by her founding fathers unless her leaders imbibe selfless service to their instead of preoccupying themselves with making money at all costs. Describing treasury looters as fools, Lasebikan stressed death may come at a time least expected, condemning stealing of public funds as “the nonsense going on in our country today.”

He lamented politicians are amassing wealth at a time majority of Nigerians are wallowing in poverty, want and misery. Lasebikan said: “Psalm 90: 12 advised us to add to our wisdom as we live on earth but this is not so to our leaders. We are living foolishly in this part of the world because we are not conscious that we will die one day. Look at the nonsense that is going on in our country today about how politicians are stealing billions. We don’t even know the righteous from the wicked. But it is advisable that when God gives us position, we must use it wisely.”

Extolling the virtues of the deceased, Lasebikan said the late Mrs. Adebiyi did not die in vain as she used her life for service in the vineyard and humanity. He also described the deceased as a detribalised Nigerian, who spent her entire time to work for God, particularly the Anglican Church. He urged the widower and children not to grieve but to continue to look up to God for solace and be consoled that she lived a fulfilled life.

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