An Economist, Olusegun Oyegbami who is author of the book titled: ‘Reversing the Rot in Nigeria’ has lashed out at Nigerian Pastors whom he described as fake men of God for contributing to the recession in Nigeria.
The Oil industry investor also lamented that over dependence on oil has actually led the country into this worse situation.
Speaking to Vanguard in an interview, Mr. Oyegbami said:
“Before the discovery of oil, agriculture happened to be the mainstay of the Nigerian economy, and it was providing employment for the teeming population.
“But when oil was discovered, we forgot about agriculture. We have also been running the oil industry in a fraudulent manner, manipulating everything. For now, we are just deceiving ourselves on the fight against corruption.”
While addressing the religious lifestyle of Nigerians, he said none of the ‘so called men of God’ have truly practice what the Holy books teaches. According to him, they always take advance of the country’s hopeless situation to destroy peoples’ lives.
“They have made people to become hopeless and now, in “going to God”, they have ended up being deceived further and their situation is exploited and the society becomes even worse.
“So, my postulation in the book is that there are really no men of God anywhere, anybody who is talking of God is doing it for his own personal benefits.”
Oyegbami complained that these men of God have immerse so much wealth for material properties: buying private aeroplanes, building estates, and even competing with politicians, which is in contrast to what the Bible and the Quran teaches.
“They are running universities where the tuition fees are very high, because the sector is not put in proper shape by government.
“These men of God take advantage of the situation just to make money. That is why we now have so many churches owning universities.
“The money paid by people through their noses should have been enough to provide standard facilities and quality education if government were sincerely running the sector.”
He reiterated that religion and politics are now intertwined so much so that one can not longer function without the other.
“Can we separate religion from politics? In the first place, religion is divisive. Religion is not actually helping society to get it right. The problem we have in Nigeria is that we are almost 50:50 Muslims to Christians in our religious orientation.”
The author pointed that any society where everybody is looking towards a direction, tend to make more progress, than when there is religious dichotomy.