Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Most Reverend Mathew Hassan Kukah, has stated that democracy is not advancing at the appropriate rate in Nigeria because people who make the laws profit from the system.
Mathew Kukah, convener of the National Peace Committee, stated this argument while appearing on Sunrise Daily on Channels Television.
He bemoaned the fact that the task of designing policies that will drive democracy in the country had been delegated to politicians, who, according to him, stand to gain the most from such policies.
Mathew Kukah stated, “The issue in Nigeria is that the law-breakers are attempting to make it.” These are the repercussions of our current situation. Those Making Laws In Nigeria Are Sinners – Mathew Kukah
“As long what colleges remain as they are, as long as we lack privileged intelligence and the diagnostic tools necessary to enhance procedures, as long as we expect politicians to make their own norms, and as long as we believe that nearly all of these are political, the country will not progress.
“In my opinion, if we had a functioning nation, one that took research seriously, it would be the responsibility of political scientists to provide those in power with the necessary instruments for analysis, in order to guarantee that things go as they should.
“However, if universities are not adequately supported and the government acts as though it intends to shut them, what else can you expect?
“Until this administration and other governments in Nigeria take academic exercise seriously, we cannot expect the ill individual to give the medicine for his own treatment,” he said.
He said that National Assembly members, who are tasked with addressing Nigeria’s issues, were primarily concerned with their own prospects and privileges.
Speaking on his committee’s efforts to establish a peaceful electoral process, particularly in Ekiti, where a gubernatorial election will take place this weekend, Kukah stated that the group was examining all available methods to guarantee that elections are conducted without bloodshed.
“As seen by the eagerness of our people to obtain PVCs, it appears that our people and our democracy are developing by the day,” he remarked.
“The challenge is for political players to walk the walk, for them to become more accountable and attentive to the concerns of ordinary Nigerians.
Citizens are far ahead of political players in terms of what they want, how they view things, and how well they comprehend the issues.
He stated that the revision to the electoral code will increase faith in Nigeria’s democracy.
Gradually, when the quality of people’s lives improves, they can become a bit more calm, but for the time being, politics in Africa and Nigeria appear to be rather tense due to the nature of the distribution of political rewards.
“Voters are certain to feel upset if those in authority continue to engage in nepotism after they have cast their ballots, while those who reap the benefits have just recently emerged from their rooms. These are the prerequisites for political violence in Nigeria.