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2023 EASTER: Bishop Kukah sends strong message to Buhari, Tinubu

2023 EASTER: Bishop Kukah sends strong message to Buhari, Tinubu

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Hassan Kukah, said the most urgent task facing Nigeria is not infrastructure or the usual cheap talk about the dividends of Democracy.

He made this known in his 2023 Easter message to Nigerians.

“These are important but first, keep us alive because only the living can enjoy infrastructure,” Kukah said to President-elect, Bola Tinubu.

“For now, 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,” Kukah said.

The cleric also sent a strong message to outgoing President Muhammadu Buhari and supporters of Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the just concluded 2023 elections.

Kukah’s 2023 Easter message was also passed to Nigerian youths and the Supreme Court of Nigeria, which Nigerians and indeed the world is watching with keen interest to decide issues arising from the 2023 general election.

He spoke about the disillusionment that attended the 2023 general elections in Nigeria, saying:

“The much-awaited elections, so full of promise have come and gone, well, not yet, some might say. They generated so much enthusiasm and excitement among our citizens who believed they would be a defining moment for our country. The buildup was marked by so much expectation about a transition to a new order in Nigeria. The outgoing President had given his word that his legacy would hang ensuring that we have successful elections. The Electoral Umpire, basking in self- confidence, assured Nigerians that these would be the most transparent and seamless elections in our history. We took the assurances in good faith.

“Literally half of the population had registered for the elections and were armed with their voters’ cards. On election day, the national mood had a sense of an Easter metaphor to it. First, like the journey to Jerusalem, joyous citizens filed out to their designated polling units. Our citizens, fired by patriotism, braved the harsh weather (rain or heat), hunger, thirst, depending on their locations across the country. As the day wore on, we had news of the usual glitches about election materials arriving late, a song that sounded familiar.

“Much later in the day, there were reports that the scenes were getting ugly with evidence of a return to our old ways now known as voter suppression: ballot box snatching, intimidation, physical violence against ordinary citizens, with reported incidents of injuries and outright killings. Amidst all of this was the utter chaos around the uploading and transfer of the results. INEC’s garment of legitimacy and credibility was now caught up in a barbed wire of conspiracy theories. As the day drew to a close, a cloud of doubt spread across the country as the excitement and high expectations vaporized.”


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