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Why palliatives won’t fix Nigeria’s problems – Kukah

Bishop Mathew Kukah


Bishop Matthew Kukah of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto State has urged President Bola Tinubu to tackle corruption and insecurity in Nigeria.


Kukah who advised his Christmas message to the nation, said palliatives will not solve Nigeria’s problems, telling the President to prioritise corruption and insecurity in the land.


“The problems of Nigeria are deep-seated, and they are based on a culture of corruption that has become the foundation stone of governance. This evil structure has to be dismantled. Nigeria’s problems will not be resolved by palliatives,” Mr Kukah said.


The Christian leader said Nigerians want “evidence they can see and touch” and are “tired of promises and stories.


“You must rid the public service of criminals who have turned the opportunity to serve into an ignoble enterprise. We concede that millions of decent men and women genuinely wish to serve but are crushed by the deadweight of corrupt ogas at the top who use corruption as their oxygen! This surgery must happen if you are to succeed in any of your dreams of delivering much-needed services to our people.”


Kukah who also bemoaned the spate of “senseless” killings and abductions across the country, charged Mr Tinubu to stop the bloodshed and restore the sanctity of life.


“Mr President, the killings of Nigerians by whatever name must end and end now. These senseless killings, abductions, extortions and kidnappings have to end, and the sacredness and sanctity of human life must be restored.


“Blasphemy laws have no place in a democracy. We are not in a theocracy. Those who take life by whatever means must be fished out and punished,” the cleric said.



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