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Nigeria as a nation now live like orphans in their own country - Catholic Bishop Kukah laments


The Catholic bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Rev Matthew Kukah, has lamented that Nigerians now behave like orphans with nobody to look up to. 

According to him, the federal government must begin to pay a closer attention to the decay of vital institutions in the country. Vanguard reports that Kukah spoke at the 2017 lecture/award ceremony organised by the Epiphany Azinge Foundation in Abuja. 

He argued that the rot in key institutions in the country including universities, was one of the reasons the image of Nigeria collapsed before the international community. He further argued that Nigeria would remain as it is until leaders stop sacrificing merit for nepotism. 

“The collapse of the Nigerian image did not happen in isolation. We must measure it against the backdrop of the collapse of some institutions of prestige like the universities,” he said at the lecture noting that youths in the country have become disillusioned to the point that they were willing to travel abroad even at the risk of losing their lives.

“At the bottom of what I am saying is the need for us to find out why Nigerians disobey rules? Why is it that we are so unable to keep the rules? There must be a reason for this. “The issue is that we are constantly asking what is in it for me. 

It is a selfish question. “People accuse politicians of being selfish, but selfishness is embedded in politics because when a man says vote for me and not the other persons he is already saying I am better. “Tribalisation is arising because of the inefficiency of the Nigerian system. “It is not so much a question of how much sermons we preach, the fact of the matter is that we have outsourced our responsibilities. “That is why we are at the point that we are now. Nigerians are now behaving like orphans. We have nobody to turn to,” he said. 


In his view, former head of state, General Yakubu Gowon (retd), said there was need to de-emphasise state of origin. Gowon argued that the primary reason his administration introduced the National Youth Service Corps was to become a tool for social and cultural integration. 
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