Ex Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has asked Nigerians to not concentrate on prayer alone when it comes to solving the country’s current challenges. He also said that God should not be blamed, but leaders and their followers have all the blames.
Obasanjo stated in his 2021 message to Nigerians on Tuesday, that the current insecurity, economic recession, and other challenges facing the country were the outcome of the choice made by the citizenry.
The two-time former president who expressed his likeness for the motto of a school which says ‘work and pray’, noted that in order for citizens to achieve a “glorious 2021”, they must combine work with prayer, as prayer alone will not help them actualize their set goals in the new year.
He said; “I like the motto of a school which says ‘Work and Pray’. Some people say it should be ‘Pray and Work’, but it doesn’t matter to me in what order I put it, but prayer must go with work and work must go with prayer.
“And I believe we need to work hard in this country as we pray hard so that the coming year, the year 2021 will be a glorious year for us. But it will not happen unless we work to make it happen.
“We do not have to blame God for our situation, we have to blame ourselves. Nigeria does not have to be poor; no Nigerian must go to bed hungry. That we have a situation like that is a choice by our leaders and followers alike. My prayer is that God will make year 2021 a better year for all of us, but it will not happen without work.”
Obasanjo, while trying to point out steps to take for the economy to bounce back from the recession, simply said, “we are not doing the right thing now. When we do the right thing, the economy will be what it should be”.
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