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Nigerian Politicians Must Stop Seeking Validation From Clerics – Matthew Kukah

Bishop Kukah and Muhammadu Buhari

Bishop Kukah and Muhammadu Buhari

The Catholic Bishop of the Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah has come out to blast politicians who run to religious leaders for endorsements before elections.

Matthew Kukah, who revealed this today during an interview on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily, said the country is yet to practice true democracy.

According to him, politicians should learn to engage the people they intend to serve in order to sell their ideas before the polls.

He added that anyone seeking elective positions in government should learn to stay away from the practice of seeking endorsements from clerics.

His words, “What we are practicing in Nigeria, it’s just theoretically we answer the name democracy. But in reality, what we are dealing with is a feudal system that is tied to agencies and ideologies that have got nothing to do with democracy.”

“When last did you see a politician across Europe which we are trying to imitate go and bow to the queen or king or seek blessings from a bishop. We have too many intervening variables that are confusing the narrative.”

“We are really not practicing the principles of democracy and it lies in the fact that only those who have money can hope to be voted into power.”

“If you feel you need to be anointed to ascend to power then we are running a theocracy.”

“Our commendation goes to the people of Edo State. I have received quite a lot of messages from old friends that I haven’t spoken to in a long time, commending the work of the National Peace Committee but really this is not an honour that one individual should take.”

“It is the people of Edo State, the way they conducted themselves. The way they conducted themselves and I think in every sense of the word, they left us a legacy of efficiency.”

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