The Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Bishop Matthew Kukah, has disclosed that ethnicity and religion have become liabilities in Nigeria.
Kukah on Friday, November 8, made this disclosure while speaking at the convocation lecture of Achievers University, Owo in Ondo State.
According to him, “We are over 90 per cent Christians and Muslims in Nigeria but there is nowhere in the world where religion has become an incubus, a burden and source of dreadful violence as it has in Nigeria.
“Our leaders are kneeling before Pastors and Imams seeking blessings while the rest of the world is moving on, drawing inspiration from sweat, brains and brawn even without evoking God. We evoke God to witness to our corruption and outright larceny,” he said.
Kukah said that the country was performing below expectations, saying that everybody could attest to this.
He explained that what held Nigeria together were resources which he said were being used irresponsibly by those who were running the country.
According to him, “The main challenge is not of the boundaries of geography but the spread of ideas and knowledge and of course memory is a source of knowledge. We are angry but we are not the first group to be angry.” He urged Nigerian leaders to invoke common emotions that could hold the citizens together as one.