The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has urged Leaders of Religions to spread the Anti-corruption message through sermons to their congregation.
The advice was given by the Resident Anti-Corruption Commissioner (RACC), ICPC Osun State, Mr. Demola Bakare, fsi at a one-day sensitization lecture organized for Leaders of Religions in Osun State.
In his address, Mr. Bakare, who spoke to both Christian and Muslim Religious Leaders, noted that because of the respect given to pastors and imams by members of their respective congregation, it was important for them to be part of the anti-corruption campaign.
He emphasised that spiritual leaders could use the opportunity of their constant interface with the masses in churches and mosques to preach behavioral change that would entrench the practice of integrity in the society, resulting in a better Nigeria.
He emphasised further that the forum was aimed at “gingering religion institutions to assist in mainstreaming behavioural change/value of integrity and anti-corruption into the society”, adding that leaders of religion should speak more about the impacts and consequences of corruption to their congregations.
Lectures were thereafter presented by Mr. Laaro Sulyman and Barr. Elijah Akaakohol on “Expected Role of Religious Leaders in the fight against Corruption” and “Offences and Punishments under the ICPC Act, 2000”.
The participants, who are major stakeholders in the fight against corruption, were encouraged to utilize their platforms to speak truth to power and to disassociate themselves from being used by the political class at the expense of the poor in the society.