By Adedotun Aderoboye
The surge in money ritual related killings across Nigeria has been linked with desperation of many young Nigerians to become wealthy overnight without going through legitimate channels.
This was made known by the Chairman, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) in Ondo town, Pastor Akindehin Olumide in an interview with The Hope.
Pastor Akindehin said, “ritual killings have been on the increase for some time. The rush for money is a major reason for what we are seeing in our society today. People put money ahead of other things which should not be so.
People love money and there is nothing they are not willing to do to get it. That is why we see or hear about young boys killing their own mothers because they want to be wealthy.
He added that failure on the part of some parents to pay proper attention to their children and raise them in a morally upright manner was responsible for the inordinate desire for wealth among young Nigerians.
His words: “Some parents are not showing good examples to their children. Our children learn so much from the way we do things. So, we must teach our children that it is not God’s wish for them to shed blood of human beings to become rich. We must teach them the way of the lord right from their tender age. Parents must know the kind of friends their children keep. We must also try to monitor our children and train them not to destroy what God has created for any reason.”
Pastor Akindehin also added that, “We religious leaders have a lot to do. We need to let people know that when they shed blood of anyone, their own blood is not safe. We need to pray that God touches the hearts of those involved in this acts and also for true revival to begin in Nigeria. We need prayers to deal with the problem.”
He also called on government to strengthen the teaching of religious studies in primary and secondary schools in order to reach out to young people about the danger associated with inordinate lust for money.