Bishop Matthew Kukah, the Catholic Bishop of the Sokoto Diocese has reportedly made it known that the state of the country, needs an urgent change.
According to reports, Kukah disclosed this on Wednesday during the Pastor E.A Adeboye’s eighth annual public lecture was held at the Redeemed Christian Church of God camp, kilometer 46, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Kukah submitted “Successive uncaring governments have created situations under which Nigerians are now suffocating, so when Nigerians say that they want out, it is not because those who are in do not belong to a better category; it is not because they think out is better than in. It is because they are convinced that even uncertainty is certain for them because they have come to believe, right or wrong, that elsewhere or anywhere is better than where they are now.”
The clergyman made it known, “When will Nigerians realise that the dark night of underdevelopment has stretched for so long that the dawn of development seems impossible? Can you imagine that after over 60 years of independence with trillions and trillions of dollars that have been spent, we still cannot provide ourselves with electricity? We still cannot provide ourselves adequate housing, and good roads, and we are still romanticising and nostalgic about our past? How can a country make progress while in reverse?”
He added “The impact of years of maladministration has created the notion that due process, integrity, justice, charity, friendship, respect for mores and culture are objects of derision in Nigeria. Men and women have lost the culture of public service by virtue of an ingrained culture of nepotism. Nepotism and favouritism being perpetrated by leaders when deployed into public life subtracts trust and at the worst, breeds corruption even in the best of societies.”
He posited, “I have been accused of making divisive comments rather than appealing to citizens for unity. Again, unity is based on facts. This is like an abusive husband, you cannot convince a victim of domestic abuse to form unity with her husband unless he changes his character. So, unity is not just a bland word, if certain things are absent, there will not be unity.’’
He advised “Religious leaders should not be silent in the midst of the moral turpitude. Much of what we call neutrality is an opportunistic political calculation aimed at ensuring that we would not lose our spaces in the queue for the corridors of power.”
He remarked “This is our time to rescue our country. We should also stop misleading politicians and public officers by offering them the incense of public endorsements. There is a greater sense of urgency in our society to reassert the moral side of the Christian faith in our lives, politics and businesses.”