Professor Kingsley Moghalu, a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, has said many Christian clerics in the country are merely spiritual entrepreneurs.
Moghalu, a presidential aspirant for the 2023 presidential election under the African Democratic Congress (ADC), made this known on Twitter on Saturday while writing on the pedestal that Nigerian Christians have placed their pastors.
According to the candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) in the 2019 presidential election, many Nigerians have nearly equated their pastors on the same level with God, insisting that many of the persons who called “men of God” are fake.
He stated that the ability for pastors to make prophecies or predictions does not translate into them being godly.
He wondered why Nigerians are over-trusting and unsceptical when it comes to religious matters, and he challenged them to worship God, not man.
“I’m often amused at how some Nigerians put our “prophets” on the same pedestal as God himself. Some are truly called, but many are fake, just “spiritual entrepreneurs”. Besides, a spiritual ability for prognostication isn’t necessarily proof of godliness. Worship God, not men.
“Why are we so gullible? Is it poverty? Is it simply a case of an overreligious society in which all kinds of crimes are committed by very religious people? Public funds are diverted (stolen) sometimes to award “spiritual contracts” at election time. Mad people everywhere,” Moghalu tweeted.