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Hard work alone can’t make a Nation great “but God, fasting & prayer certainly will” – Doyin Okupe Replies Osinbajo



Doyin Okupe (left) and Yemi Osinbajo

Doyin Okupe, a former media aide to former Presidents Goodluck Jonathan and Olusegun Obasanjo, has reacted to a statement made by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo over the need for hard work for national growth.

“No matter how much you pray and fast, our country cannot grow without some of us deciding to do the hard work that makes nations work,” Osinbajo had said while speaking to mid-level civil servants on Wednesday.

“Great economies and great nations, prosperity and abundance of nations and communities are created by men and not spirits,” Osinbajo added.

Okupe quoted the statement which was also posted on Twitter and said: “I beg to disagree with VP (Osinbajo). Yes there is no substitute for hard work but that alone can’t make a Nation great. But God, fasting & prayer certainly will.”

Okupe buttressed his point in a series of tweets. See below:

We can neither limit d extent of God’s power nor can we compartmentalize his area of influence. God is sovereign. He can do any and all things.

Jehoshaphat’s army did not have to fight. They did not lift a finger. God fought their battles. They did not have to lift a finger yet had victory.

2 Kings 3:17 KJV For thus saith the Lord , Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled at water.


  1. Religion ... the Opium

    May 26, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    China is a secular state and is one of the world powers. Nations can be and are great without prayer and fasting like we do in here in Nigeria

    Prayer without works is dead. It’s the works that Prof Osinbajo was referring to here

    Stop trying to twist the comment!

    • Ottawa Queen

      May 26, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      Yes, and of course, even if God has to intervene, He won’t come down from heaven to do so in spirit. God uses willing, able and of course hard-working men to carry out his works here on earth. So Yes, Osibanjo is right. God won’t use a lazy ass man or corrupt thief to help Nigeria grow. Wait, So Mr. Okupe is seriously comparing Jehoshaphat’s army with those buffoons seated there in power, claiming to be our so called leaders? SMH!

    • Seriously

      May 26, 2017 at 10:16 pm

      He’s trying to twist it to sound relevant. Prof osinbajo statement made perfect sense. With all the fasting, praying, roasting, frying Nigerians do. By now, Nigerians and Nigeria should be a leading force. The wickedness in that country is to the highest degree but every person claims to be a Christian actually called by God. It should be a wake up call, that deception is the disease affecting most Nigerians.
      People like Doyin love to use prayer, so they can continue their evil work with no form of accountability.

    • Agu

      May 27, 2017 at 2:05 am

      Actually China, is 70% Atheist. The rest are Budaist.

  2. What an ass

    May 26, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    *Rolls eyes so hard it slips into the back of my head*

  3. Henri

    May 26, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    See this man trying to twist the VP’s words. Oga Okupe, this your warped thinking is the problem of religious Nigerians. Religious and corrupt. Shior. *loud hiss*

  4. horpsy

    May 26, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Sir, there is no victory in any battle or thing without some measure of work. Good does not do magic; He does miracles which are not without a seed. WORK and PRAY, GOD is not LAZY.

  5. Miss_Flygerian

    May 26, 2017 at 12:56 pm


  6. Darius

    May 26, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Is faith without work not dead? Osinbajo was right. God leaves men to run their affairs. HE won’t come down from heaven and make Nigeria a prosperous country because we pray, whilst China that is officially an athiest country, but strives to modernize remains poor. God no dey play ojoro!

    • E

      May 26, 2017 at 2:32 pm

      China poorer than Nigeria?!! Anyway, what about South Korea, Japan and Taiwan?

    • Darius

      May 26, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      I didn’t say China was poor. Go back and read!

    • OB

      May 26, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      Poor and China in the same sentence? Maybe India would suit your instance.

  7. ada

    May 26, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    I am not aware that Bill Gates, Carlos Slim and Warren Buffet pray or go for night vigils, but i know they work hard. Apart from spiritual laws, there are also natural laws that govern the universe. Hard work pays!

  8. Agu

    May 26, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Mr Doyin we follow each other on twitter and retweet each other tweet but on this one, you sound like a fool. this type of logic thinking is why Nigeria is where its today. how can just fasting and praying solve nigeria problems if you dont work for it. America is great country because the worked hard for there country and archive a lot. Nigeria need to do the same.

  9. Andrew

    May 26, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    we have been fasting and praying for decades and we are still in a mess in fact we are getting worse.. Id say hard work is more important if you ask me

  10. nwa nna

    May 26, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Okupe or whatever he’s called exemplifies what’s plaguing Nigeria.. Nigeria can never pray away it’s problems because it did not pray its way into the mess it finds itself in..

    Not until Nigerians begin to do the required wor and stop being deluded about God coming down on a white horse to straighten the mess we created with our own hands will things begin to change!
    Let me ask Okupe a question, if prayer was the solution as he alluded to.. With the number of churches and mosques littering every nook and cranny of Nigeria, wouldn’t Nigeria be a nirvana?
    Okupe should take a back seat in a stadium full of seats, because he and his likes will remain irrelevant in the abyss of Nigerian history.. POS

  11. Sean

    May 26, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Fool quoting scriptures now while they looted our nation dry in the last administration.


    • blackbeatle

      May 26, 2017 at 5:38 pm

      exactly @sean

    • Olu

      May 26, 2017 at 6:21 pm

      If the leaders can stop looting the treasury the prayer and fasting will work with hard-working. A nation was built with hard-working, prayer and fasting.

  12. Lolly POP

    May 26, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Oga Doyin! Beht why?

  13. cozygal

    May 26, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Oga Okupe, wants to sound ‘Christian’, but should go read Genesis again. God didn’t ask Adam and Eve to pray on the garden, He asked them to work it; Genesis 2:15 to be precise. This is the impression carried by all these religious people who won’t read their Bibles, living on assumptions, and second hand stories about God, rather than knowing Him for themselves.

  14. prec

    May 26, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    The one we’ve been praying since nko?? Africa is the most religious continent, where has it landed us?

  15. Funmi

    May 26, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Agba ko kan ogbon…..Mr Okupe you should have thought about this very well now abba se bi agbalagba ni yin. Ok o hard work pays o, prayer and fasting without work is just an hunger strike o.


    May 26, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Mr. Doyin Okupe was right in my own opinion. You can fast and pray from now till eternity. Your condition will still remain the same. Only hard work is the way to go. Our government officials has succeeded in “Mumunicing” some of us in this Country through use of religion The same officials who forget their religion when it comes to stealing from Nigeria. “Nigeria’s problem is beyond prayer”. It’s time for Nigeria to include the separation of Church, Mosque and Shrine in our Constitution. Let’s make it a punishable offense for any government official(s) be it a Christian, a Muslim or the Animist among us who knowingly use the name of their religion in our governmental matters/affairs. For the acting President of Nigeria to infuse /preach his religious believe to us is beyond me. Please, Mr. acting President Osibajo save your preaching for the members of your congregation. This is what the lack of separation of Church, Mosque and Shrine will cause. Government officials using the name of religion to deceive fellow citizens. A word is enough for the wise. I’m just saying.

    • Ajala & Foodie

      May 27, 2017 at 3:39 am

      @ GANNY OGUNSHAKIN, you know what you typed is EXACTLY what Mr. V.P aka acting president said. Mr. Doyin Okupe is only trying to play politics here. Even if you did not bother reading both articles I would think you would read other people’s comments prior to commenting so you could at least get an idea of what is going on. It is people like this dude amongst many that contributed to the last administration’s downfall. That was one comment by Mr.V.P that actually made sense, Mr. Okupe trying to play politics with it just accomplished the opposite of what he was going for I.e appearing the opposite of smart!!!
      I am she still saying no recycled politician come 2019.

    • Ajala & Foodie

      May 27, 2017 at 3:43 am

      Infact Doyin Okupe is the one doing what you are accusing the V.P of doing. You read this article so? Abeg go back, read and see who Okupe quoted and his own response with Bible. People just dey rush to comment.

  17. Debs

    May 27, 2017 at 2:12 am

    Dr. Doyin Okupe def requires Comprehension Class! My toddler understood VP’s claim with repetition! Faith without WORKS ie prayer and fasting is dead! Simple and straight forward.

  18. okemute

    May 27, 2017 at 8:33 am

    It is the praying and fasting that has kept this nation from disintegrating into complete and utter chaos. It is the praying and fasting that has prevented a large scale bloodfest. Nigerians are one of the most hard working people on earth. But if the system is rigged to fail if you like tar the main road with your bare ass your hard work will come to nough. In a world were people go to the stream in hard work to fetch water maybe 3 times to furfill their needs nigerians would have to go 100 times over for basic needs. Thats becsuse the powers that be have equipt the people with baskets instead of leak resistant containers to fetch water. We eork damn hard. Try schooling in nigeria then compare it with schooling abroad. Try setting up a buisness in nigeria vompared to doing the same abroad. I think its unpatrotic to not recognise the great stress the common nigerian is under. And its not of there own making. Back in the 70s nigeria was thriving we had less need to fast and pray. Then there came the plague of corruption. So stop targeting the poor man target the thieves who have put a majority in the state we are todsy. It eill take a supernatural, extra ordinary effort for the common man to work harder in this system. We turn to prayer and fasting to give us the supernatural strenght JUST TO SURVIVE. I live abroad. I duff my hat to nigerians living in that hell hole.

  19. Dick Messiah chindi

    May 27, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    The VP is very correct what is the argument prayer without work is nothing is just like faith without work. The people of lseral did something before God did the final job read the bible very well before you deceive the little ones. What types of do God answer there prayers did you put that into consideration? My brother prayer is good fasting better,the best is the practice of righeousness.And righteous man is hard working man. God bless Nigeria.

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