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Pastor Bakare says only lazy rulers will blame nation’s woes on oil prices

The General Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, says Nigeria urgently needs a revolution.

Bakare said it was sheer laziness to blame the global economic downturn for Nigeria’s economic woes, adding that waiting for a rise in crude oil prices before reviving the economy was pointless.

He said this during the 27th anniversary thanksgiving of his church on Sunday in Lagos.

Lamenting that Nigeria’s destiny was hanging in the balance, Bakare said that the revolution must include a radical transformation of values that should transcend politics and change of government.

According to him, since past leaders of the country could not deliver on the promise of a new Nigeria when the global and local economic climates were favourable, it would be wrong to blame the country’s woes on the global economic downturn.

Bakare said, “While appreciating the positive developments in our democratic experience, especially the attempts by past and current governments to eliminate systemic leakages, I shall seek to prove that, by a fair preponderance of the credible evidence, the state of the nation calls for a revolution.

“This is a revolution that transcends politics or policies; a revolution that means far more than any change of government; a revolution that means a radical reformation of values as they impact upon the social, economic and political landscapes of our nation.

“It is a symptom of chronic national laziness to blame the global economic downturn for Nigeria’s economic woes, or to wait expectantly for a rise in crude oil prices in order to sustain our consumptive economic patterns. Our problems are not the result of global economic cycles; our problems are the results of counter-productive national paradigms and self-limiting frameworks of state” Bakare said.

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