Former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo has called on Nigerians as well as its current leaders not to blame God for the country’s state of insecurity, economic hardship, poverty among other issues the country is currently facing.
Instead, Olusegun Obasanjo believes that both the citizens and leaders have themselves to blame because they made a choice to be in these situations.
Olusegun Obasanjo also added that Nigerian should go to bed hungry without food because the country is immensely blessed with resources such that no one should even be in a state of poverty.
He also talked about how challenging the year 2020 has been especially regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. He prayed that their soul will rest in peace
Olusegun Obasanjo went on to advise Nigerians to work and pray so the new year can be prosperous for the country. He made these declarations in his end of the year message to Nigerians.
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.”
On strategy to recover the economy from recession, Obasanjo said, “When we do the right thing. We are not doing the right thing now. When we do the right thing, the economy will be what it should be.
We have gone from one form of insecurity to bad economy and on the top of it is the COVID-19. Some people, either for insecurity or for bad economy or for COVID-19 have gone to the great beyond, I will say may the would of those who have departed, particularly in this year of challenges, may their souls rest in perfect peace.”