Ex President, Olusegun Obasanjo has disclosed that the church would keep playing a pivotal role in the overall development of Nigeria.
Olusegun Obasanjo shared this on Saturday at the 2019 Synod of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Oleh, Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta.
He shared that the churches in Nigeria has kept providing spiritual growth for citizens plus the spirituality that comes with things of God has boosted the total physical well being and welfare of Nigerians.
His words, “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 salvation of the soul but without ignoring the physical, mental and the general social well-being of humankind.
“This topic is, to me, very apt, particularly as our dear country Nigeria keeps seeking for ways and means of overcoming the developmental challenges that confront it.
“When closely examined, it can be seen that the topic is prescriptive, as against the general norm nowadays which tend to dwell only on the ills that afflict us and consequently end up with only criticisms
“But I must hasten to say that criticism particularly objective criticism is good for the growth and human development,”
”this 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 wellbeing 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.”