Glorifying the dead bane of underdevelopment in Africa- Apostle Okoriko

By Isaac Job, Uyo

The founder of Solid Rock Kingdom Church in Akwa Ibom state, Apostle Dr John Okoriko has attributed the slow pace of development in Africa to excess spending of hard-earned resources to bury dead family members and community leaders.

Speaking in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state capital on Sunday during the monthly interactive service on the theme” If A Man Dies, shall he lives Again?” Okoriko said Africans have spent fortunes to glorify the dead through expensive burials adding that such expenses have placed the continent and the people in perpetual poverty and under development.

Okoriko recalled that ancient Egypt in Africa indulged in paying attention to the dead instead of focusing on civilization which they championed from the beginning and were overtaken by other nations in terms of technology and industrialization.

He said they committed the wealth of the nation to preserve dead bodies while others were buried with gold, money and precious wealth that would have transformed the economy of their nation.

“Egyptians spent their wealth to embalm dead bodies, promote idol worship, buried fellow humans who were slaves to their masters.

“While indulging in this cruel and unprofitable exercises, other nations sprang up and overtook Africa in development, science and technology”.

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Okoriko who appreciated moslems for treating the dead as God wanted described expensive burials as madness in the highest order.

“Moslems have some benefits for treating dead bodies the way God wants it. I am the first person that will continue to appreciate Moslems for treating the dead in the right way.

“This is because Egyptians spent gold and silver to mummify dead bodies of Kings and other well-meaning individuals in the society and built pyramids for thousands of years waiting in vain for the bodies to be resurrected. ”

Okoriko who does not believe in the existence of ghosts condemned Africans for wasting time talking to the dead by way of invocations to come and avenge their enemies or bring them good luck and fortunes.

“If we have this knowledge as Christians that immediately you breathe last, you can’t remember your property and can’t feel anything again.

” As soon as you die, you see yourself as a member of the body of Christ for another assignment,” he said.

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