Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has once again lamented the rising cases of insecurity in the country just as he urged political leaders to stop blaming God for the ravaging insecurity, bad economy, poverty and other challenges confronting Nigeria.
While urging Nigerians to work to make the 2021 a glorious year, the elder statesman lamented that the country’s woes remain the ‘choice’ of the leaders and followers,
He spoke while fielding questions from journalists on his expectations for the new year shortly after the inauguration of his Aquaculture project held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) Lake pond, Abeokuta Ogun State.
Obasanjo, in a statement by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi also canvassed that the narrative must change as the country approaches 2021, adding that with enormous resources available in the country, Nigeria does not have to be poor and no Nigerian must go to bed hungry.
He described 2020 as a year of many challenges, but urged Nigerians to work and pray hard in order to achieve “a glorious 2021.
“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 what to do 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.”