FG adopting wrong strategies to address bad economy – Obasanjo

By AdvocateNews on 30/12/2020

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Chief Olusegun Obasanjo
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo

...Prayer must go with work, he says

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday said the country was not doing the right thing to improve its poor economy and tackle poverty.

The former president, who said this in his New Year message at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, Ogun State, cautioned Nigerian leaders to stop blaming God for insecurity, bad economy, poverty and other challenges confronting the country.

Obasanjo, who sent his New Year message to Nigerians in an interview with journalists, assessed economic strategies of government.

He also explained how the country could improve its economy. He stated,   “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.”

The former president also advised leaders to stop blaming  God for Nigeria’s woes.

According to him, 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.”

Obasanjo 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.”

Describing 2020 as a challenging year, Obasanjo stated,  “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 those who have departed, particularly in this year of challenges, may their souls rest in perfect peace.”

Posted 30/12/2020 05:34:49 AM

 

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