Catholic priest warns politicians against corruption ahead of 2019 elections
Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr. Pius Oyeniyi, has warned politicians ahead of the 2019 elections to desist and repent of corruption and evil deeds or face the wrath of God. The priest gave the warning in his homily at the end of the year retreat for the parishioners of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Gwarinpa, Abuja on Sunday.
NIGERIA NEWS from NIGERIAN NEWSPAPERS free BREAKING News subscription
Oyeniyi, a Redemptorist working at the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Enugu preached to politicians to be careful not to loot the country’s resources again.
He said, “ I want to tell you to be careful of what you do now since the Church has gathered and prayed for the country. You should be careful so that you will not see the wrath of God on you.
“If you know them (politicians), tell them that they should allow the children of God to eat their milk and honey.”
“If not, the Lord will turn their pockets into baskets; it will start linking so that children of God will enjoy the good of the land,’’ he said.
According to Oyeniyi, the Catholic Church has prayed and dedicated the country to the immaculate heart of Mary. He recalled the miracle of the Sun which took place during National Marian Congress, a programme of the Catholic Church in October, adding that it was a sign that Nigeria would experience a change.
Oyeniyi while reflecting on the scriptures for the Advent (second Sunday of Advent) said God would rebuild the country again.
The priest further urged Christians not to give up in the waiting for His coming and also for Nigerians to expect good governance.
“The Lord says to you in Nigeria, don’t give up; your God is close. He is close to your life, just be ready to receive Him, ” he said.
Oyeniyi attributed the suffering in the country to the absence of God, saying“ that is why Nigerians are suffering; we have displaced God through our sins. We must bring God back; evil and corrupt leaders should go while god fearing ones should come.
“God-fearing leaders should take over positions because there is `valley’ that they must be filled; the Lord wants to come.” Our God is coming to save us as a country, as families and individuals but the question is, are we ready to receive Him?
“The Lord says to Nigeria, continue to pray and I know what I will do to the evil and corrupt leaders; you will see my might hands,’’ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Oyeniyi was in the parish for a week-long Annual Marian Pilgrimage with Our Lady of Perpetual help to spread the devotion to Mary.
Our Lady of Perpetual is a Roman Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary as represented in a celebrated 15th-century Byzantine icon also associated with the same Marian apparition.