Home Metro There is no problem between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria. There’s just a problem with irresponsible leaders who don’t want to govern properly – Kukah

There is no problem between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria. There’s just a problem with irresponsible leaders who don’t want to govern properly – Kukah

by Sandra Nwaokolo

According to Matthew Kukah, the catholic bishop of Sokoto Diocese, there is no conflict between Christians and Muslims in the nation.

The preacher claimed that Nigeria only has a problem with irresponsible leaders who don’t want to govern properly and religious leaders who use religion as a means of tyranny while speaking in an interview with TVC.

Kukah stated:

“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.”

On the role of religion and ethnicity in the politics of Nigeria, he said; 

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“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.”

Kukah stressed that Nigerians must carry a ‘Nigeria land’ mentality, which presupposes the knowledge of shared interests.

Also pointing out that Nigerian system is only about politics and not science, he stated that there is need to have a country where the rule of law is placed over religious or ethnic sentiments. 

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