Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has said Nigeria’s problems are man-made, calling for prayers to ensure that only credible and competent leaders are elected in the forthcoming 2023 general elections.
The governor said this when he received executives of the South-South Zone, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), led by Arch. Bishop Israel Ege, who were on a courtesy visit at the Government House, Benin City, on Friday.
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Represented by his deputy, Philip Shaibu, he said God has blessed the nation with both mineral and human resources, but mismanagement of these resources is the reason the nation is bleeding.
He said, “We need prayers as a nation as Nigeria is bleeding. We need to stop this bleeding as all sectors of the economy are facing one problem or the other. The problem we are facing is man-made; it’s not of God, because we did it to ourselves. God made Nigeria a country to be envied by all as we are blessed with both natural and human resources.
“Our problems are caused by man and we need to pray not to make any mistake again in the 2023. Let’s pray and God will show us the leaders we need. God has a way of saving this country and will save us because he has a plan for us.”
He said in five years, his administration achieved so much because he invited God to lead his administration.
He added, “I like the way men of God are now talking and getting involved in politics because the church is also affected by bad governance; the church is the first destination to run to. The action and inaction affects the church. The level of hunger in the land is felt more now by the people.”
On security, he said “We are granting approval for churches and mosques to have vigilantes as the government will incorporate them into the state vigilante. We have adopted the principle of restricting criminal elements in taking over our land.”
On his part, Arch. Bishop Israel Ege commended the developmental stride of the Obaseki-led administration.