The President of Living Faith Church worldwide aka Winners Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, has tasked the President Muhammadu Buhari administration on the need to be more sensitive to issues that affect ordinary Nigerians, saying “things had not been working well”.
The founder of one of the largest Pentecostal churches in the world also traced the present socio-economic challenges bedeviling the nation to systematic failure and called for an end to the blame game.
Oyedepo made these views known in his country home of Omu Aran, Kwara State, at the fifth founder’s day celebration of Landmark University, one of the two private Christian universities established by the clergyman.
According to him, “Our problem is a systemic problem not political or leadership problem and we must find solution to it. Nigeria will not go down the drain, we will proffer solution to it”.
“The present administration should be more sensitive to issues that affect ordinary people, because things had not been working well”.
Bishop Oyedepo expressed dismay that “Where we are today is not where we should be. The effect of the forex has a lot to do with small scale industries and that is where the bulk of Nigeria employment is”, adding “Anybody can make mistakes but if people in the authority are not sensitive to the cry of the people, we would keep making more mistakes”.
The Chancellor of Landmark University and Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, said it is his understanding that it is never late to be right, counselling those in positions of authority to make an “informed review” of any decision they made but later discovered not to be right.
“What am saying is that things have not been working and we are all aware of it. There is no point pointing accusing finger. Each individuals in the country also have a lot to play to recover the dignity of our nation”, Oyedepo said.
He, however, stressed that, “The challenges have been with us for many years, it didn’t just happen now. Government should be sensitive on issue that affect everybody.
“We have been fighting over the issue of power for many decades now. Government should have its priority. They should itemise the fundamentals that can move Nigeria forward and commit to it”.
He noted that “We don’t have to have the resources, if we have the platform for investors to come in because they are more in touch with the issues”.
“Look at the present fuel problem. It used to be black market but now we have black stations and they have the right to sell at any price because they are private marketers but the government still need to come out and take a decision on it”.
Oyedepo also said, “Solution should not be only thinking, we should go beyond thinking to reasoning, logical, rational and analytical reasoning by identifying the issues and proffer possible way out of the problem.
“Nigeria problems is all about cost effective solution that will come out of sound reasoning. Remember the people in government are from us. So, we are all in government since they are not foreigners. So each one of us has a role to play. Private bodies should be allowed in all other areas of the country just like we have in the education sector”.
He further said that “Nigerians need to take responsibility of our challenges and find solutions to them because we have nowhere else to go. We should not sit down and cast blames.
“We have to be committed in finding the solution and stop the blame game even though government has a major role to play, each one of us also has roles to play. People will not listen to a critique but a consult who are thinking value addition taught. We learn from other nations efforts in solving problems”.