Blame Religious Leaders For Nigeria Woes

Daud Olatunji

In a thought-provoking discussion during the 13th edition of the monthly interview discourse, “Boiling Point Arena,” held in Abeokuta, Nigeria, renowned Islamic scholar, Prof Afis Oladosu, has raised a critical point, suggesting that the challenges plaguing Nigeria should not be solely attributed to politicians. 

Rather, he argues that religious leaders from both Christian and Islamic backgrounds share the responsibility for the nation’s predicaments.

During this insightful forum, Prof Oladosu emphasized the distinction between prayer and supplication, contending that Nigerians may be fervently praying but falling short when it comes to sincere supplication.

He drew attention to the apparent disparity between Nigeria’s religiosity and the corresponding level of godliness.

Pastor Emmanuel, the Presiding Pastor of Livingspring Chapel International, also contributed to the discussion, shedding light on the root causes of Nigeria’s political and economic challenges.

He firmly asserted that the nation’s problems are deeply rooted in its structural foundation, which promotes ethnic superiority and disunity.

According to Pastor Emmanuel, Nigeria’s current identity crisis has led to insecurity challenges, economic downturn, and various other issues, all stemming from a flawed structural framework.

He pointed out that despite adopting a presidential system of government from the United States, the country has distorted and perverted the system, which further exacerbates its problems.

In Pastor Emmanuel’s view, the critical turning point occurred in 1966 when the military coup disrupted the constitutional order and introduced a unitary system of government.

He emphasized that unless Nigeria acknowledges the flaws in its foundation and revisits the drawing board, true progress will remain elusive.

Discussing the topic “Global Ranking of Praying Nations: Why is God not answering prayers of Nigerians for national progress?”, Pastor Emmanuel clarified that the country’s issues are not due to a lack of divine intervention.

Instead, he stressed that God always answers prayers and that the nation’s problems are self-inflicted.

He called on former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu, to have the courage to revisit the 2014 National Conference document, which contains potential solutions to the country’s challenges. This document has been largely ignored by subsequent governments.

Pastor Emmanuel also emphasized the need for different ethnic groups in Nigeria to come together and develop a system that respects their diverse cultures, traditions, and values while fostering unity and cooperation at the national level.

During the event, Oba Dr Adetoye Alatishe, the Gbegande of Ososa, delivered a keynote address, urging Nigerians not to lose faith in God as the ultimate source of remedies for the nation’s problems.

The conversation during the “Boiling Point Arena” highlighted the importance of addressing both structural and societal issues to set Nigeria on a path to progress and unity.

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