*We need a new orientation
From Abel Olayinka
After independence, in order to build a great nation, each country of the world went to “work.” In Nigeria, after our independence in 1960, our people went to “pray” and fast, but we were taught to “work and pray”
So, while we were praying, neglecting the work content, Malaysia came here and took our palm seedlings and built a great factory of it.
While we were praying, Singapore went into investment in technology. While we were praying, India went into ICT. While we were praying, China went to massive industrialisation.
While we were praying, UAE went into massive infrastructural development. While we were binding and casting Lucifer, Japan went into technological development.
While we were speaking in tongues, Denmark, empowered their teachers and went into education of her citizens.
While we were mounting big speakers in our places of worship, USA was mounting man on the moon. After our prayers, God, being a wise God decided to reward us according to our labour.
Since those that went into industrialisation, technology, infrastructural development, ICT, education etc have been rewarded accordingly. It’s only wise God rewards us with our efforts in prayers.
That’s why today, Nigerian pastors are competing in building the biggest churches. That’s why there are more prayer houses and worship places than hospitals and schools. That’s why people rush to prayer houses for medical and business solutions instead of hospitals.
That’s why we don’t do business feasibility before jumping into it since we are going to back it up with prayers. And when it collapses, we blame the devil.
That’s why it’s a sin to say anything negative about Pastors and Imams.
That’s why our Pastors don’t consider the opinion of engineers while building and blame devil when the building collapses.
That’s why faith in God replaces building pillars and when it collapses we blame it on Lucifer. That’s why our Pastors are making sure they plant church branches instead of schools on every street in Nigeria.
That’s why we always wait for God to do for us that which ability would’ve accomplished. That’s why we want our teachers to labour on earth and go to heaven for their rewards.
Nigeria is a prayer loving, God fearing nation. Religion has taken the place of technology, infrastructure, education etc.
When travelling, we ignore all the necessary road requirements, servicing of our vehicles and pray. And, once we pray, we can put half serviceable vehicles on the road and blame our step mothers or mothers-in-law if anything goes wrong.
That’s why there are more people dying on our roads than wild animals in the forest. It is not too late, let us resolve to bring back the “work” ,
Prof Abel Idowu Olayinka is the Vice Chancellor University of Ibadan