Nigeria's Woes Are Our Choice - Obasanjo - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Nigeria's Woes Are Our Choice - Obasanjo

... Urges Leaders,  Followers To Stop Blaming God For Sufferings 


From Ayobami Ife, Abeokuta 

Former President  Olusegun Obasanjo has bemoaned the increasing woes of the nation, saying there are the results of the choice Nigerians make as a people and not the handiwork of God. 

Obasanjo, therefore, advised the nation's leaders and followers to stop blaming God for the increasing insecurity, parlous economy, poverty and other challenges buffeting the country.

The Ebora Owu also rued the hardship brought upon people by the country's parlous economy and COVID - 19 pandemic, noting that the twin - challenges had teamed up to claim the lives of many Nigerians.

The elder statesman spoke to reporters at his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, Ogun State while delivering  his 2021 message to Nigerians yesterday.

He urged Nigerians to change the narrative positively with the right attitude  of work and faith in God as the country approaches the new year. 

He noted that the economy remains the way it is because Nigeria as a nation is "not doing the right thing now," stressing  that given the enormous resources available, the country does not have to be poor and no Nigerian ought to go to bed hungry.

"I would say as St. Paul, the great Apostle said, 'in all things we must give thanks. This year 2020 has been a year of challenge to the whole world, particularly for us in Nigeria.

"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 soul of those who have departed, particularly in this year of challenges, may their souls rest in perfect peace.

"But what then do we do the rest of us? As I said, we should thank God. 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," he said. 

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