Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says God is not to blame for the many challenges bedeviling the country.
He said the state of affairs of the country is the choice of the leaders and that he hoped it would change in 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,” Obasanjo said on Tuesday in a 2021 message to Nigerians from his library in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
“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.”