The Evangelical Reformed Church of Christ (ERCC) on Wednesday lauded President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade and called on Nigerians to support it.
The National President of the church, Dr Jerry Madibo, drummed up the support in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sideline of the church’s centenary celebration in Akwanga, Nasarawa state.
Madibo stated that corruption has eaten deep into the fabric of the Nigerian system and is largely responsible for the country’s socio-economic underdevelopment. He, therefore, called on Nigerians to put all hands on deck to eliminate corruption.
The church leader, who gave a brief history of ERCC, said it was established in Nigeria in 1916 by Arthur Judd, a missionary from South Africa.
He said the establishment of the church in the country contributed immensely to making idol worshippers to embrace Christianity.
“Apart from the primary mission of evangelising, the missionaries also considered education and healthcare as cardinal objectives by establishing many tertiary institutions, secondary and primary schools as well primary healthcare centres.
“The church is not bereft of the idea of promoting peace and sensitising members as well as all Nigerians to support good government policies and programmes irrespective of our background for the overall development of the country.
“It is in view of this that I want to use this medium to commend President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration for its avowed fight against corruption, which has been eating deep into the fabric of our dear country.’’
He said Nigerians could only achieve development if they supported President Buhari’s anti-corruption war.
“For Nigeria to achieve speedy development, people must do away with sentiments, corruption, injustice, and abuse of office, among others.’’
Madibo reiterated the commitment of the church to supporting key government policies that can impact the lives of Nigerians.
He also appealed to Nigerians to be law abiding while respecting constituted authorities for peace and national development.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the church has lined up many activities for the 10-day celebration which marks 100 years of its existence in Nigeria.