Sokoto, 10 August, 2021 / 8:04 pm (ACI Africa).
The challenges bedeviling the West African nation of Nigeria originate from a failure on the part of citizens to have a national conversation about their identity as members of one nation, a Catholic Bishop in the country has said.
In a Monday, August 9 interview with Arise News, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah highlighted insecurity and the infringement of the freedom of expression and democracy as some of the challenges the people of God in Nigeria are experiencing.
“The critical question this country has not resolved is who are we as Nigerians? This is why the country has become a pressure cooker,” Bishop Kukah said.
He added, “What has happened to us is that the contentious issues have never been debated. We have never had a situation where Nigerians have decided what kind of society we want. We now have a society of ethnic, religious and other forms of allegiance.”
As long as Nigerians do not have a “clear understanding” about their national identity, the Local Ordinary of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese said, “violence and tension will continue.”