By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba
The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor, says greed and corruption are destroying Nigeria.
Bishop Ezeokafor, who stated this in his homily of a Holy Mass, during his pastoral visit at Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Parish, Nimo, Njikoka LGA, Anambra State, exhorted those breeding greed and corruption to desist from such.
The Catholic prelate, who cited the ongoing forensic audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), and the emerging claims that billions of Naira were spent by the NDDC Interim Committee on plastic seats, described such an act of greed and wickedness.
He said such act depicted greed and wickedness which could cause one to lose heaven.
Bishop Ezeokafor observed that the amount of money allegedly spent on plastics seats by the leadership of the NDDC was almost the amount which Awka Diocese had utilised in the ongoing Peter University project, wondering why someone could rob the public of such amount of money.
The bishop regretted that while the poor masses had been suffering due to difficulties, people in leadership positions resorted to rob the country and her states of public funds that ought to be used for public good.
Bishop Ezeokafor flayed government officials and other public office holders over their involvement in what he termed the culture of contract fraud and other corrupt practices, which, according to him, had robbed communities and various regions of Nigeria their needed development.
Pointing out that wisdom and rationality were what differentiated human beings from animals, the Catholic prelate prayed God to endow all with the grace to make the right choices in life.
He exhorted all to desist from selfish lifestyle, but instead, make the proper use of their inert abilities for their own good and that of others.