Nigeria Has Systemic Problem – Bishop Oyedepo

The Chancellor of Landmark University, Omu Aran, Kwara State, Bishop David Oyedepo, has described the socio-economic challenges in the nation as those borne out of systemic failure.

Speaking with journalists in Omu Aran at the fifth founder’s day celebration of the private university, Bishop Oyedepo, who is also the founder of Living Faith Church, said there was no point blaming political party or individuals for Nigeria’s challenges.

“Our problem is a systemic problem, not political party or individual problem and we must find solution to it. There’s socio-economic problem, but Nigeria will not go down the drain. We must proffer solution to it,” he said.

Bishop Oyedepo, who called on the present government to be more sensitive to issues that affect ordinary people, said that things have not been working well.

“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.

“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. My understanding is that it is never late to be right. If a decision is made and we discovered it is not right we should do an informed review.

“What I’m saying is that things have not been working and we are all aware of it. There is no point pointing accusing finger. Individuals in the country also have a lot to do to recover the dignity of our nation.

“The challenges have been with us for many years, it didn’t just happen now. Government should be sensitive on the issue that affects 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 be committed to them,” he said.

Bishop Oyedepo, who lamented on the present fuel scarcity in various parts of the country, called on the federal government to find quick solution to the challenges in the oil sector because of reverberating effect on the masses.

“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,” he said.

He said that solution should not be in thinking alone, adding that, “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 are 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 said.

He also 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 constructive critique with value addition thought,” he said.

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