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Why I don’t feel proud as Nigerian – Bishop Kukah  


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THE Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah, Saturday expressed displeasure on the level of division in the country, which makes him less proud as citizen of the country. 
Kukah, who advocated for equity across all spheres of the nation said politics in Nigeria is regionalised and factionalised.
He spoke during his lecture presentation on Optimizing Public Relations Strategies for National Cohesion”, at the 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), held in Abuja.
The clergy further identified manner at which Nigerians voted during the last general election, stressing that it was along regional and ethnic lines.
“We are practising politics of very poor quality. The politics is so regionalised, factionalised. Whenever I look at the map of the last elections, I don’t feel proud as a Nigerian,” says Kukah.
“That you have an election in which very clearly the country is divided into two and the lines are precise meaning what the north is saying and thinking is different from the south is saying and thinking is different from what the south is saying and thinking. They are not the reality they are perception. And if this is the kind of countries we have, how do we develop the capacity to manage diversity.”
According to him, the nation has been so divided such that the appointments of universities Vice Chancellors are based on the state of origin and religion.
Stressing further, he said it is now impossible for a southerner to become Vice Chancellors in regions other than their own.
Speaking on the Boko Haram insurgency, Kukah appealed to the Federal Government to probe governors who introduced Sharia law in 1999, on the emergence of Boko Haram sect.
The clergy, however, noted how difficult it is to travel from Sokoto to Zamfara State by road due to insecurity.
“In 1999, Sharia law was declared in Nigeria, and almost all the 19 northern states joyfully, exuberantly adopted Sharia. According to the principles of Sharia, we are supposed to be seeing joy, happiness and equity and so forth. Well, those who brought the Sharia should now tell us and how Boko Haram and bandits have now taken over our country,” he noted in a report by The Nation.

Olugbenga is an Investigative Reporter with The ICIR. Do you have a scoop? Shoot him an email at [email protected] Twitter Handle: @OluAdanikin

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