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Prayer and Fasting Without Hard Work cannot Prosper any Nation – Osinbajo



Acting President Yemi Osinbajo

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has said that for any nation to grow, its public servants and citizens in general must decide to do the required hard work.

He made this known during an interaction with civil and public servants between Grade Level 8 and 14, on Wednesday in Abuja.

“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 said.

The acting president said:

Every generation of people owe the next generation a debt. This is paid by ensuring that we provide means for the next generation to survive. But there are people in every generation who have a special burden, a more important role than others in preparing for present prosperity & future abundance. This group of people are called public servants.

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

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.

He also called on civil and public servants to show commitment in the implementation of the new Executive Order for ease of doing business in Nigeria.

“It is the public service that determines whether the business environment will be friendly and welcoming or that the business will be driven away or destroyed.

The opportunities to create jobs will be there if businesses exist but it depends on the public service.

Anytime a potential business owner wants to register a company, he may want to get a tax clearance certificate or pay for NAFDAC Registration or pay land registration; or any other paper and approvals and certification from bank.

And if you do not willingly and efficiently help him or her, we are failing the job that could have been created.

Every time we postpone the jobs that we could have done today, we are postponing the prosperity of one person; but in reality the prosperity of so many.

Every time a public officer is an obstacle to business, he attacks the prosperity of our economy and he attacks the prosperity of our future; and it means that our children will not find jobs,” Osinbajo said.

Photo Credit: Presidency


  1. Mami

    May 25, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Pls tell them….they seem to be waiting for Christ to come and solve our issues….when he gave us brains…created us in his image….sing it down their ears plssss


    May 25, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Even Apostle Paul that preached the grace message worked really hard. Love for others propelled him. He had privileges but he was experiencing authentic love that he just did not have time to wait for tithes and seed to be sown . he just had to tell others. All our civil servants have to pass on is irrelevant and and inconsequential matters

  3. madman

    May 25, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Can we make this man president until 2020 ? until 2024?

    Osibajo – please choose to become Nigeria’s president.

  4. courage

    May 25, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Thank you…Nigerians are becoming lazy with this type of ATTITUDE

  5. truth

    May 25, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Thanks for telling the truth mr osibanjo. May we have more forward and wise thinkers like you in naija.

  6. Tobi

    May 25, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    But sir the people are bent over by the burden of their suffering as if in prayer and for some the fast is mandatory no food for the belly. It is okay for you to walk upright with pride and a full belly jeering at the suffering of many. It is not your fault sir. For some prayer is all they got. Don’t try and take even that hope from a poor man.

  7. Anon

    May 25, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    You politicians are something else, you steal all the damned day long then you gonna stand on some podium spilling some self justifying self righteous crap, cracking the whip on the back of the masses you steal from as if you are pharaoh asking the slaves to miraculously produce the raw material to make the brick. God is watching you. What Nigerians need is a revolution. And one day those poor masses you provoke will pull you off your golden podium into the crap they stand in all day long. That will be the day.

  8. Uberhaute looks

    May 26, 2017 at 8:26 am

    We work tirelessly sir but what do we get? Nothing! Meanwhile, you have all cornered the juicy jobs for your children. Is it when we die you’ll know we are working?
    Please Mr. Osinbajo, nor make me vex

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