The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, has identified those behind Nigeria’s problems.
The cleric said there is no problem between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria, rather those he described as irresponsible leaders causing problems in the nation.
Kukah, who spoke on TVC News Breakfast show on Monday, said the problem of the country is with irresponsible leaders who use religion as a tool of oppression, rather than for liberation.
“There is no problem between Christians and Muslims. There is a problem with irresponsible leaders who don’t want to govern properly, irresponsible religious leaders who have now seen religion as a tool of oppression, instead of a tool for liberation.
“This has been the thrust of my argument because these are two areas of study. With all sense of modesty, I have spent a good part of my life studying theology and studying religion and society,” he noted.
He said, “If you are watching a football match or any game at all, that’s why there are referees. If the referee does not do what needs to be done and allows supporters to jump onto the field, you can see for yourself that referees are punishing coaches who overreach themselves by stepping even if it is just one inch, into the field. They are punished; sometimes they are taken off the pitch.
“Now, this is really what a state is supposed to be because, without the state, it will be all of us against each other. And that is why the state is called a leviathan. You put so much power so that the state can protect us. The Nigerian state has proved itself to be incompetent, grossly malfunctioning, unwilling to commit to the welfare of citizens as the principal basis of governance.”