- The church has mobilised Nigeria’s human and natural resources for national development and stability.
- Nigeria keeps seeking ways and means of overcoming the developmental challenges
Former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo has said that the Church would continue to play a very critical role in the overall growth and development of the country.
Obasanjo stated this on Saturday at the 2019 Synod of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Oleh, Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta, where he that the Church in Nigeria has continued to provide the spiritual growth of the people as well as the overall physical well-being and welfare of Nigerians.
Speaking on the topic, “Mobilising Nigeria’s Human and Natural Resources for National Development and Stability ” , the former president said the Church had in the face of daunting challenges continued mould opinions.
He also pointed that the Church also makes critical interventions, and influence policies and general directions of the various tiers of governments in Nigeria.
“A clear testimony to this ennobling role of the church can be seen from the topic: Mobilising Nigeria’s Human and Natural Resources for National Development and Stability.
“The main mission of the Church is the salvation of the soul but without ignoring the physical, mental and the general social well-being of humankind.”
While noting that the topic is very apt, particularly as Nigeria keeps seeking ways and means of overcoming the developmental challenges that confront it, Obasanjo said that criticism, particularly objective criticism is good for the growth and human development.
The former president also noted that development was all about the people, for the people and by the people. This he said implies that no aspect of the development of any nation must be seen as an end in itself, but rather, as a means to acquiring human well-being and welfare.
“The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) espoused the concept of Human Development as the ultimate goal of National Development. Growth and development are positive attributes. Anything God creates needs to grow and develop,” he said.