- The federal govt has been urged by the Our MumuDonDo movement to beam its searchlight on the finances of religious groups in the country
- The group said it was unacceptable for religious leaders to be allowed to keep accruing stupendous wealth without checks
- The group also urged Christians to begin demanding transparency and accountability from their pastors and general overseers before it is too late
The federal government has been urged by the OurMumuDonDo Movement, a civil society group, to beam its searchlight on the finances of religious groups in the country, in order to make them transparent and accountable to the public.
The call was made in a statement issued over the weekend by the national secretary of the group, Raphael Adebayo, in reaction to claims by a popular cleric, that he was ready to increase the private jets in his fleet to a double digit figure, Vanguard reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Adebayo asserted that it was unacceptable for religious leaders, at the expense of unsuspecting members of the public, to be allowed to keep accruing stupendous wealth without checks.
He said: “Regardless of how this issue is viewed, we must, as a nation, urgently consider reforms for our religious organisations.
“We must question this untamed knack of pastors for ostentation and flamboyance. We must question how leaders of religious organisations which are supposedly non-profit are able to acquire properties worth millions of dollars without any explanation as to how these properties were acquired.
“We must ascertain the sources of these luxurious acquisitions, to avoid a situation where pastors unscrupulously use the funds of their churches for themselves, or, even worse; use their churches to siphon stolen public wealth through their unholy alliances with politicians.
“Perhaps, when the latitude for abuse is considerably minimal in religious organisations, the ostentatious desires and lifestyles of their leaders will also reduce.”
He said Christians must begin to demand transparency and accountability from their pastors and general overseers before it is too late; just as we all demand transparency and accountability from elected officials.
He added: “The Nigerian government, also, must review its sacred-cow treatment of religious organisations; for it makes no sense, that while these churches are enjoying exemption from paying taxes, their religious heads are busy accumulating wealth and luxurious properties.”
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Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that popular preacher, Apostle Johnson Suleman, joined the list of rich pastors who own private jets. The news was shared on the Omega Fire Ministry Dubai Facebook page.
However, it should be noted that the man of God had previously spoken up against rich men who used their money to acquire jets rather than help the less fortunate.
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