– Bishop Mathew Hassan-Kukah said the shunning of politics by members of the Catholic Church is to blame for woes of the country
– He also attributed the deterioration of the country to the rot in the family
– The bishop said the role of religion in restructuring is much and yet it has not been tapped into it
He noted that the voting power the Catholics have is enough to have the government listen to their complaints, The Sun reports.
He said this in Lagos on Friday, December 1, during a speech on, ‘Family Value, Human Right and the Challenges of Modernization In Nigeria,’ at the 38th Supreme Council Convention of the Order of the Knights of Saint Mulumba Nigeria.
“The role of religion in restructuring is much and yet we have not tapped into it. Right from time, Catholic Church has always been helping the government to build and organise the society. The church has always offered direction for the society. If Catholics are in politics as Catholics and not using their ethnicity then they can have the Catholic vote.
“Catholic needs to head this country, even the Federal Government does not have the influence the Catholic has and that has not been put to use to change things in the country.
“The voting power the Catholics have in this country is enough to have the government listen to their complaints, but since we don’t use it, we continue to feel the pain of the thorns of the government policies,” Kukah said.
He added that the non-participation of Catholics in politics led to the killing of Christians in the northern part of Nigeria.
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Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of Home Affairs, Toyin Idowu Awoseni, agreed with Kukah that Christians in the country could install a Christian president in the country.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that Kukah lamented that Nigerians now behave like orphans with nobody to look up to.
According to him, the federal government must begin to pay a closer attention to the decay of vital institutions in the country.
He argued that the rot in key institutions in the country including universities, was one of the reasons the image of Nigeria collapsed before the international community. He further argued that Nigeria would remain as it is until leaders stop sacrificing merit for nepotism.
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