Matthew Kukah, bishop of the Catholic diocese of Sokoto, has expressed that Nigerians want leaders who can deliver.
Kukah gave a speech on Monday at a gathering jointly organized by the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) and the Kukah Center.
The theme of the event was titled, “High-Level Forum on Political Communication and Issue-based Campaign in the 2023 General Elections”.
One of the panelists, Kukah, stated that Nigerians are seeking a nation with trustworthy leaders.
“As citizens, we need to get a sense that beyond talking to us about corruption, we need leaders that will ‘walk the talk’. This is because the corruption mantra is no longer working and it is not going to work,” he said.
“The greatest challenge for us in Nigeria is that our identity politics has not been well managed, and politics remains the most viable ingredient in managing diversity. Had we developed the skills to manage diversity effectively, the challenges confronting the country would have been tackled.”
Kukah also said Nigerians should not be focused on Christian-Christian or Muslim-Muslim candidacy, “because we are sounding as if the people that are contesting are from another planet”.
He added that for the country to get out of its challenges, it is the responsibility of those who govern to deal with it directly.
“We need to re-image and re-imagine Nigeria because the Nigeria that we have today is not the Nigeria that many of us can recognise,” he added.