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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

EFCC to investigate sources of huge tithes in churches

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Calabar tasked religious leaders to show more concern about sources of huge tithes received from members
of the congregation, if the war against corruption is to succeed in the country.
 Chairman of the anti-graft agency, Mrs. Farida Waziri, who gave this charge at a one-day interactive seminar on economic and financial crimes for state senior executives in Cross River State, said it has become the practise for corrupt government officials and dubious members of the public to pay huge sums as tithes to religious bodies without being asked the source of the wealth.
 Waziri, who was represented at the seminar by the Head, Strategy and Reorientation, Mr. Gabriel Aduda, said religious leaders should find out if the huge funds paid by members as tithes were legitimately earned.
  “Prosperity must come legitimately. I feel a responsible pastor should know where the tithe of his worshiper is coming from.  How and where did you make the money that you are bringing in as tithe? It is not enough for your member to bring in a huge amount and you say- God bless you, no.
 “Pastors should be responsible through their members (who are top government officials, members of the public) to want to know how they make money they bring to church. So, it goes beyond just preaching prosperity, they should let the people know that the religion is beyond that. For any soul to prosper it means that soul must be in right standing with the principles that God had laid down by doing the dos and refusing the don’ts,” she added.

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