In a recent interview, Most Rev.
Mathew Kukah, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese says Nigeria is gradually
drifting towards total implosion and the country’s internal crisis has become a
Molotov cocktail which urgently needs to be stopped from setting the nation on
fire. According to the Bishop, he has
never seen Nigerians so frustrated as in the last few years. He noted that a
lot of the challenges being faced by the country today are due to the failure
of the political class to unite the country and sincerely tackle
corruption. In his words:
“Well, every Independence Day brings a sense of foreboding for Nigeria and Nigerians. You look everywhere for a sign of something to smile about, something to hope for, something to find encouraging, and something to cling to and you are looking for a needle in a haystack.
“The frustrations mounts, the criminal political and bureaucratic classes get more daring in their exploits, stealing the country blind and leaving an entire nation bleeding.
“We had a joke called fighting corruption and we even set up a Commission. But guess what, from its inception to date, not one of its Chairmen has finished his or her term. The last Acting-Chairman whom the Presidency has continued to build a moral world around is now facing massive corruption charges. A case of what happens when the hunter becomes the hunted.
“Yes, our anniversary is here, but Ali Baba and his 40 friends are still in charge. So, this is where we are. Nigerian conflict is a Molotov cocktail of anger, frustration, religious extremism, toxic politics, corruption, and deep rot.”
Speaking on the various struggles for self-determination in the state, the Bishop blamed those responsible for handling the affairs of the nation for the current threats to its unity, laying emphasis to the fact that the rising agitation for Nigeria’s breakup into several countries is an expression of the frustration of the young people. According to him:
“Before Biafra, there were Odua’ Peoples’ Congress and the Niger Delta Militants, all before Boko Haram and the Islamists.
“So, Biafra is a consequence of the corruption of the Nigerian state. These youth groups are expressions of the frustrations that face their generation. They are not the problems and they are not the ones on the dock: The accused is the Nigerian state!”
The Bishop also spoke on many other issues. Click here to read.