NO “Many of the cases we call corruption are just stealing. They have nothing to do with corruption.
The word corruption is now being over-used. There is actually a thin line between corruption and stealing”.
Goodluck Ebele Jonathan
Federal Republic of Nigeria
NO “Most acts credited to corruption have no relationship with stealing. Most Nigerians, including the educated, do not quite understand what constitutes corruption and it is wrong to classify theft as such. Stealing is erroneously reported as corruption. We must go back to what we were taught at school to show that there are educated people in Nigeria. We must address issues as we were taught in school to do.”
Mr. Ekpo Nta Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) Chairman
YES “I will be extremely surprised if stealing is not recognized as an aspect of corruption. Stealing is an aspect of corruption. It is an aspect of lack of self-control. A person with dignity and self-esteem will not go out and take what does not belong to him.
Certainly for me, stealing is an aspect of the corruption that we have. Indeed, people who steal government property, government finances and other kinds of resources certainly are involved in stealing which is the part of corruption of which we have the EFCC and ICPC for instance that were set up to check corrupt practices. I think there is another aspect of corruption that needs to be highlighted as well.
An individual who for instance engages in exam malpractices is an aspect of corruption that is not the same as stealing but it is an aspect of corruption that we cannot envisage.
When we even refuse to do the work that we are paid for as civil servants, that is an aspect of corruption that we cannot just push aside. There are different aspects of it that we can talk about, but I am not sure we can remove stealing from the body of corrupt practices.”
Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins Catholic Archbishop of Lagos
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Yes: All Catholics in the world will go to hell because they worship Satan and are led by an Anti-Christ Pope who is a friend of the devil. The Catholic Church is a counterfeit church set up by Satan and Catholics bow to idols and crucify Jesus every Sunday when they eat bread claiming they are eating Jesus’ body. They are not Christians and have never been.
They don’t know Jesus. They believe that when they eat bread on Sunday, they are eating the body of Jesus. It’s ritual. Pope Francis is an Anti-Christ who does the job of the devil and that time is fast approaching when the Catholic Church will pledge allegiance to Satan. They don’t believe in heaven. They believe in purgatory, the purgatory that they invented. That church, the Catholic Church has been there for Satan and at the right time, they will declare for Satan.
No: In the first instance, such a statement would have been driven either by ignorance or ill will, but I would rather insist that that kind of statement was made in complete ignorance of what the Catholic Church is all about. With the teaching of the scriptures and tradition that have guided the Catholic Church all these centuries, one would have expected that before a statement that evaluates a group of people is made, effort would have been made to understand what they are about, know the values they stand for and from their own point of view rather than that of the person talking.
I think that would have given him the opportunity to make a proper evaluation. But that evaluation is derived from complete ignorance of what the Catholic Church is all about. And in any case, it is certainly not Christian way of life for anyone to condemn others to hell just by his own fiat. Judgment belongs to God and it is only God that can decide where anyone goes. And so, that statement was certainly made in a way that is really rather crass, not thoroughly thought-out before it was made.
His comment that Catholic Church is a counterfeit church set up by Satan, where they bow down to idols and crucify Jesus every Sunday when they eat bread claiming they are eating Jesus’ body made it clear to me that Rev. Chris Okotie is completely ignorant of what the Catholic Church stands for. The Catholic Church is one that was founded on the rock of St. Peter – Church which Christ Himself founded and from which other churches separated, for one reason or the other. And so, if one is looking for a counterfeit church, it is certainly not the one everybody separated from.
Such statement doesn’t really tell a good story about a genuine man of God. Rev. Chris Okotie, saying that at the Eucharist, we are killing Christ every time we go to mass is also complete ignorance.
Each time a Catholic goes to Mass, he or she does so to receive the Word of God, as explained in the homily. And in addition to that, he or she receives the blood and body of Christ, as Christ Himself reflected in the Gospel according to John, that ‘unless you eat my body and drink my blood, you cannot have life in you and whoever eats my body and drinks my blood, has eternal life’.
These are spiritual quotes, which anybody that is really interested in knowing the truth would be able to find out. And I would advise that what one doesn’t understand, one shouldn’t speak too loudly about. Rather one should first of all make efforts to understand what one wants to say.