Sokoto, 12 April, 2023 / 11:20 am (ACI Africa).
The priority of Nigeria’s President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, should be keeping citizens of the West African nation alive, and making them “feel whole again”, the Catholic Bishop of the country’s Sokoto Diocese has said.
In his Easter 2023 Message shared with ACI Africa Sunday, April 9, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah also highlights other priorities for the next President of Africa’s most populous nation, including creating “a large tent of opportunity and hope” for Nigerians, and “exorcising the ghost of nepotism and religious bigotry”.
“I am hopeful that you will appreciate that the most urgent task facing our nation is not infrastructure or the usual cheap talk about dividends of democracy. These are important but first, keep us alive because only the living can enjoy infrastructure,” Bishop Kukah says.
He adds that the “most urgent mission is to start a psychological journey of making Nigerians feel whole again, of creating a large tent of opportunity and hope for us all, of expanding the frontiers of our collective freedom, of cutting off the chains of ethnicity and religious bigotry, of helping us recover from the feeling of collective rape by those who imported the men of darkness that destroyed our country, of recovering our country and placing us on the path to our greatness, of exorcising the ghost of nepotism and religious bigotry.”
Addressing himself to the outgoing President, Muhammadu Buhari, Bishop Kukah wonders if he feels “fulfilled or met the tall dreams and goals such as: ending banditry, defeating corruption, bringing back our girls, belonging to everybody and belonging to nobody, selling off our presidential fleet and traveling with us etc.”