African Christians have taken “a bash” from renowned Kenyan law professor and Pan-Africanist, P.L.O Lumumba, who believes they are “suffering from the Acquired Immune Spirituality Syndrome.
He was speaking in the context of how corruption is deep-seated in Africans, and that no matter how many times they attend church, they still go back to their old ways.
“I was telling a congregation not long ago that those who go to church on Sundays suffer from what I call Acquired Immune Spirituality Syndrome and that they go to church every Sunday to receive their anti-retrovirals to last them for six days and that they go again and again.”
He also believes the difficult economic situations across the country is fueling such behaviours.
Prof. Lumumba said these challenges which have turned many Africans into “church-goers” can actually be tackled if they take the initiative to speak about these challenges and devise measures to resolve them.
“… Africans also have a problem which cannot be spoken about episodically. It is something that we must speak and act about. We must move into the arena of networking very quickly…young Africans must be meaningfully engaged.”
The Pan-Africanist is convinced the continent will not realise it’s full potential if it fails to resolve pertinent issues such as unemployment, among others.
“If you go into any hotel in Accra Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania half of the things that we are consuming are not from us and that means jobs and employment and I can’t agree more that until we solve the problem of unemployment we are not going to realise our full potential.African leaders must make the deliberate decision to begin to move in the right direction.”
“Unemployment is one of the most annoying and nagging things in Africa. We are about 1 billion now and over half of that , 70 percent of that population is in the working age and our countries are not producing any jobs. In Kenya, Tanzania etc .. the Chinese are building railways, the Chinese are building our gas pipes in Tanzania. The Chinese are present everywhere because they are creating jobs for their young men and women,” Prof Lumumba complained.