FULL TEXT Of Osinbajo's Message To Igbo Elders Over Quit Notice, Biafra

Nigeria’s Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo said no amount of prayers and fasting by Nigerians could move the country forward in the absence of hard work.

The Acting President who is a clergy said he understood the natural law of sowing and reaping and he also knows the implication of leaving what ought to be done undone.

Osinbajo made the statement during an interactive session for public and civil servants in Abuja, shortly after he signed three Executive Orders last week.

The Acting President mentioned that the spirits are not responsible for the prosperity and abundance enjoyed today by great nations but that the were all wrought by the hands of men.

The Executive Orders were implemented to speed up the ease of transacting business in the country. He explained that if civil servants delayed what ought to be done instantaneously they were dragging the entire nation backward.

“No matter how much you pray or fast, our country cannot grow without some of us deciding to do the hard work that makes nations work”, Osinbajo stated.

“I am a pastor, a spiritual person, and I understand the law of sowing and reaping. It is a spiritual law that has tremendous physical implications. Every time that we delay, or frustrate what we can do today, leaving it till tomorrow, we hold back the future. We too must reap what we have sown by experiencing delays.

“If you help others to achieve, if you help your nation, you have sown good seeds. You will find help and you will prosper too.”

Government officials were advised not to see those government policies as that of the “government” but should see it has theirs.

He sounded a note of warning to civil servants that delaying the registration of businesses, it had an immediate effect on the rate of unemployment.

The acting President said, “Every generation of people owes the next generation a debt. That debt is paid by ensuring that we provide for the means for the next generation to survive.

“Or at least, we have a duty to ensure that we do not destroy the means of survival and prosperity of the next generation.

“But there are some people in every generation who have a special burden, a more important role than others in preparing for present prosperity and future abundance.”

The Acting President informed his audience that if the business climate was unnecessarily harsh or difficult it would frustrate out existent medium or small businesses and new once would be difficult to set up.

Osinbajo further added:

“So when a potential business owner wants to register a company, collect tax clearance certificate or obtain NAFDAC registration or SON certification, or expatriate quotas, or any other papers, approvals or certification from government, and we do not willingly and efficiently help him or her, we are killing the jobs and prosperity that he would have created.

“Every time we say come back next week to someone for something we can do today, we postpone prosperity of one person but in reality, we postpone the prosperity of so many who would have earned something from the business.

“So every time that a public official is an obstacle to business in any way, he attacks the prosperity of our economy and he attacks our future because it means our children cannot find jobs.”


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