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PFN Chief, Elebute, Tasks Buhari, Osinbajo On National Spiritual Rebirth

Posted: Nov 19, 2015 at 4:53 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Ejikeme Omenazu, Lagos
Lagos cleric and public affairs commentator, Rev. Dr. Tunde Moses Elebute, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo to initiate moves toward the nation’s spiritual rebirth.
Speaking exclusively  with Daily Independent, Rev. Elebute, the  Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) Lagos Mainland Province Chairman stated that without spiritual rebirth, there cannot be national rebirth and that the administration will not achieve much in its move to improve the lives of the citizens.
According to Elebute, the General Overseer of the International Christian Faith Mission (ICFM), stated that without spiritual rebirth, the much touted change mantra of the Buhari administration will be a mirage as, according to him, it is the fear of God that makes people depart from evil and shun corrupt practices.
He stressed that since both President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo are very committed adherents of the Islamic and Christian faiths respectively, two of them working together can mobilise the nation’s religious leaders to champion the spiritual revival of the people to ensure the effective prosecution of the programmes of the administration.
Elebute stressed: “There is no water-tight system all over the world. Buhari may achieve a lot, but he cannot go far. Legislation alone cannot change a corrupt system.
“Legislation will do some work, but without spiritual rebirth, not much will be achieved. Human beings are born selfish. The government should encourage religious organizations to preach and teach messages that will encourage people to be honest and have values that will build the nation, ensure righteousness, integrity and patriotism.”
He called on Buhari to and Osinbajo to mobilise religious leaders and empower them to encourage their followers to embrace righteousness, stressing that that was the situation during the days of the Biblical Jehoshaphat and Hezekiah.
“They, as national leaders, encouraged the people to embrace righteousness and there was spiritual revival in the land. The result of their efforts were great and the nation of Israel witnessed a lot of development.
“The religious leaders themselves should leave honest lives it integrity to enable their followers to emulate them. They should practice what the they teach and preach.
“It is the word of God that can change the heart of man. The National Orientation Agency (NOA) should also be revitalized to produce and release messages of patriotism, honesty and integrity. When people  hear these messages from churches, mosques and government agencies, they will change the citizens.
“The government should also celebrate people who demonstrate patriotism and honesty. Also, government should bring to book enemies of the nation, people who embezzle money meant for national development.
“if government does all these, a time will come when the change we desire will come. The educational curriculum should be reviewed from primary to the university level to teach values, patriotism and honesty. If all these are done, it will get to a time when people will be changing,” he stressed.