Former Anambra State governor, Peter Obi has stated that some men of God encourge treasury looters, instead of telling them the truth.
Obi stated this at the 35th Methodist Bishops’ conference at Methodists Theological Institute in Abia state on Sunday.
He spoke on ‘The Church and Economic Recession in Nigeria: A concern for spiritual reflection’.
He urged clerics to speak out against the evil and stop supporting such practices.
“Once the society is progressing, it is for the benefit of everybody; and once it is not progressing everybody suffers, including Church leaders.
“We have seen public officers who did not have a penny, within months they have built houses.
“Unfortunately, it is the money that should have been saved for the state that they squander. Rather than condemn such, some men of God preside over their thanksgiving and praise them to high heavens,” he said.
He also appealed to churches “to encourage members to engage in productive ventures and discourage the culture of materialism.”