Nigerians have turned prayer to the solutions to all the problems facing the country. Our politicians encourage it, pastors preach it and Nigerians follow this for every crisis we face. But should we be praying for solutions that we voted people in to solve? It’s not like the latest calamities that happened a few days ago were natural disasters. We experienced man-made disasters that were the result of having the wrong people in a position to make decisions for Nigerians. We see road safety officials everyday harassing drivers but the bad trucks are all over the roads and we see them every day. FRSC is yet to explain to Nigerians what they plan to do to prevent this from occurring again in the future.
Am not against being religious or prayerful, but you can’t pray from morning till night for change; if someone doesn’t put in the work, I don’t know how prayer will work. It is not magic prayer goes hand in hand with work.
The recent incident that happened at Otedola bridge that claimed lives and property could have been averted if the Government had played their role and enforced the strict rule that trailers and tankers move at night. Why would a full fuel tanker be on the same road with commercial and private vehicles at rush hour? What about the petrol refineries that are not working in Nigeria? If the refineries are working, we would not have to transport all this fuel by road. What about the rail lines? If they were working well the fuel tankers would be off the road. Do other countries transport fuel by road? Why do we not hear of fuel tankers exploding every year in other countries? This is the kind of questions we should ask the government. When they ask us to pray we should ask them if they are now pastors and imams or elected officials. After the horrific incident, all I could see on social media is pray for Nigeria. We need to wake up and demand solutions from the people we voted for.
Remember, that God did not contest in the last election. We pray to Him for things beyond our control. As per the problems we elected humans to solve for us, let’s hold them accountable and ask them questions when they fail.