Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says Nigeria comprises people who can pray but generally lack commitment to righteousness and must turn away from their evil ways.
Speaking in Abuja at a special banquet to mark the 20th anniversary of Nigeria Prays, the pet project of Yakubu Gowon, former head of state, Osinbajo said that if the citizens truly believed in and walked in the ways of Jesus Christ, whom they profess to adore, and if they stood up for truth, righteousness and justice, the country would clearly witness a turnaround.
He said it was important to pray to God always but it was more important that Christians turned away from evil in order to make the country great.
“If we want to be a nation that can feed its people, we must turn from evil ways and work for righteousness,” he said.
“When our pulpits preach righteousness, our people will rise up and become salts of the earth. Christians will stand up and be honest if we preach righteousness in the pulpit.”
He said that preachers were failing to tell their people about the impropriety of collecting bribes from government officials, adding that nations that follow the principles of scripture always emerge great.
“Prayer and fasting are good, but that they are not enough to lift the country except the citizens turn away from evil,” he said