Abuja, 05 April, 2023 / 9:45 pm (ACI Africa).
Politicians in Africa’s most populous nation “are so notoriously” keen on their own interests and foster narrow and discriminatory relationships with their respective constituents, a Catholic Archbishop in the country has said
Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama who was presiding over anticipated Chrism Mass on Tuesday, April 4 expressed his doubts about “political maturity” and “democratic maturity” in Nigeria, considering the tendency to make decisions on the basis of ethnic affiliation, the fostering of violent conflicts, as well as voter apathy.
“No doubt, our political maturity is still in question,” Archbishop Kaigama said, adding that politicians in Nigeria continue to make decisions on the basis of “region, religion, and ethnicity”.
Some of the politicians who seek to be elected as leaders in Nigeria “are so notoriously narcissistic and myopic that they only see the interests of theirs or their narrow religious or ethnic or political constituencies,” the Local Ordinary of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese further said.
He decried the fact that during the concluded elections, many voters in Nigerians “were denied voting rights and even those who voted questioned the objectivity of the statutory bodies meant to guarantee fairness and justice.”