Most Rev Matthew Kukah, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari has ruined every area of life in the country while enthroning corruption.
This was said in his Easter sermon, titled ‘To rebuild a shattered nation: The Easter metaphor.’
The bishop chastised the president for his administration’s “inability to address insecurity and corruption.”
“Our darling nation, Nigeria,” he writes, “still totters and wobbles as we scream towards a deadly and preventable canyon of dry bones.” The actual issue is figuring out how to discover the slick rungs on the ascension ladder so we can climb out.
“One could be tempted to wonder, what more can be said about our awful position today that hasn’t already been spoken?” Who is there to talk who has not already spoken? We, like Job’s companions, are seeing an impending tragedy as the country unravels from all sides. The government has entered a state of hibernation.
“It’s difficult to say if the problem is that people in authority are deafeningly deafeningly deafeningly deafeningly deafeningly deafeningly deafeningly deafeningly deafeningly In any case, at this crossroads, we must decide whether to go, turn left or right, or return home. None of these options are simple, but by following the light of the resurrected Christ, we may restore our country from the brink of anarchy.
“The task of repairing our damaged nation is huge, as I have stated, and requires collaborative efforts.” With everything literally broken down, our country has devolved into a massive emergency national hospital with a waiting list. Each of our hearts is broken. Our family’s aspirations have been dashed. Homes have been destroyed. Churches, mosques, and infrastructure are all in disrepair. Our educational system is in disarray. Our children’s lives and futures have been shattered. Our political system is dysfunctional. Our economy is in disarray. Our energy grid is in disrepair. Our security system is inoperable. Our roads and rails are in disrepair. The only thing that is alive and healthy is corruption.
“The biggest hurdle for Nigeria isn’t even the elections in 2023. It is the hope of our people’s reconciliation. In this regard, the Buhari government has regrettably divided our people along ethnic, religious, and regional lines in ways that we have never seen before in our history. This well orchestrated plan has rendered Nigerians susceptible and sparked the most contentious type of identity consciousness among our people. Years of friendship, cultural interchange, and collaboration have suddenly been put under considerable strain as a result of stereotyping.”