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“For Over 60yrs, They Have Looked Like Men In Drunken Stupor” Kukah Blasts Nigerian Leaders

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, has described Nigeria’s past and present leaders as “men in a drunken stupor who stumble and fumble while searching for the way home.”

In his Easter message to the nation on Sunday, Kukah said for over 60 years after independence, Nigerian leaders have failed to create a template on which the country should run seamlessly, but rather, their lives of “immoral and sordid debauchery has spread like cancer destroying all our vital organs.”

He called on the federal government to develop a robust template for reversing the trend of bad governance and putting the country on a path of national healing.

His words: “Our leaders chose the feast rather than the fast. We are today reaping what we sowed yesterday. For over 60 years, our leaders have looked like men in a drunken stupor, staggering, stumbling and fumbling, slurring in speech, with blurred visions searching for the way home,” he said.

“The corruption of the years of a life of immoral and sordid debauchery has spread like cancer destroying all our vital organs. The result is a state of a hangover that has left our nation comatose.

“Notwithstanding, Easter is a time to further reflect on the road not taken. It is a time to see if this Golgotha of pain can lead us to the new dawn of the resurrection. Nigeria can and Nigeria will be great again. Let us ride this tide together in hope.

“The government must design a more comprehensive and wide-ranging method of recruitment that is transparent as a means of generating patriotism and reversing the ugly face of feudalism and prebendalism.

“There is a need for a clear communications strategy that will serve to inspire and create timelines of expectations of results from policies.

“There is a need for clarity over questions of the who, what, when, and how national set goals are to be attained and who can be held accountable.“

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