Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the federal house of representatives, has said the onus of rebuilding Nigeria rests on the citizens.
He said God “did not send angels to rebuild Israel,” and as such, “He won’t do it for Nigeria”.
Dogara said this on Wednesday at the pre-event prayer session for National Prayer Breakfast.
The speaker said failing nations and cultural decline had made nation-building a major concern in our world today.
The speaker said “no nation can be built without God who is the source, foundation, supporter, and sustainer of His people.
“The times in which we live, millions have watched the efforts of America, Britain and the United Nations to rebuild Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq and other struggling countries.
“While it is shocking to see the devastation and suffering caused by war.
“It has also been sobering to witness the difficulties, frustrations and intrigues that have accompanied these human-driven attempts to intervene and rebuild nations where millions have been abused and exploited.
“Communists, socialists, monarchists, dictators and democracies and even religious leaders have all tried their hand at solving these problems.
“Yet none have found the key for building truly successful nations or salvaging faltering countries.
“All nations today are struggling with their peculiar problems, thus, according to him, “will God descend from heaven to rebuild this nation?
“Will God send angels to rebuild our nation? God didn’t do it for Israel and He won’t do it for Nigeria. This responsibility rests on our shoulders and whether we succeed or not depend on the source of our wisdom.
“Without God nothing works. Except we are back in our Eden, we cannot accomplish the task of nation building.”
Dogara also said Nigeria’s future is secured because of Nigerians’ commitment to God.
“As in the case of Abraham’s encounter with God over the fate of the city Sodom and Gomorrah, God will intervene to save this country,” he said.
“What gives me hope is that we have so many people who are committed to God. The future of Nigeria is secured.
“We have a very bright future, we have great army of leaders in this country.”
The National Prayer Breakfast is organised annually on the last Thursday of the month and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is expected to deliver the sermon at the main event on Thursday in Abuja.