Kukah to Buhari: Nigeria literally pool of blood, reset the clock before it is too late
Bishop Matthew Kukah

Sunny Nwafor

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Hassan Kukah, has suggested President Muhammadu Buhari to look inward into Nigeria’s downside and discover a lasting answer to it.

That is simply as he referred to as on the President to reset the clock earlier than it’s too late, including that “Nigeria is actually a pool of blood.”

Kukah made the attraction in his thirty-minute speech to commemorate the 6oth anniversary of the nation. Kukah who took the time to clarify in particulars the existence of Nigeria and the issue therein queried the independence celebration.

“After 60 years of bloodletting, blood has develop into embedded in our tradition of existence, so, the place do we discover the inspiration to have fun 60 years of independence?

In a pinpoint accuracy, Kukah mentioned President Buhari has forgotten all his marketing campaign guarantees, advising him to fulfil his guarantees to Nigerians

“President has turned his again to virtually all the important thing guarantees he had made to all Nigerians in the course of the marketing campaign.”


Beneath is the complete speech:

“I need to, to start with, thank God almighty who has saved us all residing until this second. Unusual as it could sound, I prefer to thank our colonial masters who introduced us collectively regardless of our range, for all the hassle that they put into making certain that our nation has all the great issues {that a} folks ought to should launch itself into a contemporary state.

It’s also time to thank all these courageous and selfless missionaries who laid the muse of our fashionable civilization by offering us with high-quality schooling even earlier than the colonial masters arrived in our nation.

We should admire the context of colonialism and the actual fact every deriving philosophy was the exploitation of our assets and we should conceive that they laid the muse for extracting our assets for the event of their very own nation. Their curiosity was buried within the womb of the nation they created.

Nevertheless, in the present day, we’ve got destroyed the establishment that the colonial administration created, and we’ve got distorted the picture of our personal improvement.

On October 1st 1960, once we grew to become unbiased, our pleasure clearly knew no finish. It was my first yr in major faculty. All of us turned out as neat as we may afford to, to listen to our headmaster speak to us in regards to the horrible white males who had come and stolen our land.

I didn’t perceive this as a result of I by no means noticed anybody stopped my father and different members of my group from going to their farms. I didn’t perceive this as a result of we had been taking part in round freely with no hindrance.

I noticed no policemen round, so I talked to myself, which land did these white folks come to steal? I had seen solely two white males in my whole life, each of them the place clergymen, although I didn’t know absolutely what a catholic priest was, however, they had been good males, and we had been informed that they got here from a really far nation, and we knew from their pores and skin that they didn’t appear like us.

In actual fact it’s mentioned that when one Tiv man noticed the primary white man, he ran to his home, fetched water and began pouring water on the white man as a result of he thought the poor man had fallen inside hearth. The priest I noticed had been to a church and a college in our village, and that was the primary constructing that I noticed that was not thatched with grass.

It was inconceivable for me to grasp how any white man could possibly be so depraved to steal our land. The instructor talked in regards to the new tune we later notice is named an anthem, which we had been alleged to sing in reward of our expensive nation and our freedom, although I didn’t see something that was new. I had no concept about what was being mentioned within the tune, and all we did as youngsters was to try to murmur one thing.

The best treasures had been the little flags and cups that had been distributed to all of us. Holding the primary cup in my life and holding a little bit flag, appeared a terrific contradiction to the headmaster’s portrayal of the white man as a thief. We quickly discovered the title of our new prime minister Abubakar Tafawa Belewa, the person who got here to be often called the golden voice of Africa.

In his speech on October 1st, the Prime minister introduced that ‘our new day has arrived’ and he promised to dedicate his life to the service of his nation. The Prime minister additionally famous that our nation had emerged with out bitterness and bloodshed. He additionally said that; ‘constructing our nation proceeded the widest area and it has been via and Nigeria now stands on a well-built basis’.

Barely six years later, we murdered him, he grew to become a logo of blood sacrifice that has now drenched our nation and switch it right into a sea of blood arising from the civil conflict, the infinite circles of popping out of bloodletting which has now develop into half and parcel of our governance construction.

Successive leaders haven’t come to phrases on easy methods to finish the tradition of deaths. Immediately our nation is suffering from very sharp items of damaged guarantees.

As we glance again in the present day watching our nation drift in a large sea of uncertainty, we’re compelled to ask with the psalmist: ‘from the place shall come our assist’. However the identical psalmist tells us that: ‘Our assist shall come from the title of the Lord’.

After 60 years of bloodletting, blood has develop into embedded in our tradition of existence, so, the place do we discover the inspiration to have fun 60 years of independence.

After all, there’s sufficient blame to go spherical, we are able to blame the British, our legislators, the navy, however, none of those adjustments something, it’s destiny of countries to undergo the furnace and crucible of struggling, no nation dropped from heaven.

Underneath the banner of faith, Europe fought a conflict that has come to be often called the 30 years conflict, starting with the struggle between catholic and protestants, later strained on for 30 years, between 1618 and 1648. The world misplaced thousands and thousands of women and men in two wars propelled by human greed.

The primary world conflict between 19140-1918, the second 1939-1945, fleeing from the dedication military in 1934, Mao the thong, led his folks from the well-known lengthy march, strengthened what many has mentioned in historical past between 4000 and 5000 miles, between 1934 and 1935.

It’s virtually like trekking from right here to London, and we keep in mind, Mandela’s biography titled lengthy stroll to freedom is a metaphor for the battle towards white domination.

My expensive brothers and sisters, the journey to greatness requires extra than simply good folks, it requires extra than simply goodwill, it requires extra than simply hope, the journey needs to be led with women and men with imaginative and prescient; with examined character, ready to steer their folks to a aim that will not essentially be attainable or achievable, however encourage them to march in the direction of the attainment of that aim.

It’s towards this backdrop, that yearly a nation celebrates its independence, identical to a person or girl celebrating his or her birthday or marriage ceremony anniversary, every anniversary calls on us to do introspection, how far have we travelled on the highway that we set for ourselves.

It’s straightforward to say that we’ve got been an unfortunate nation, as a result of, the proof is obtrusive, certainly, considered one of our presidents marveled by how NIGERIA that has taken a lot beating was nonetheless standing, unable to break down.

Regardless of the large assets after 60years, in the present day, as residents, we can not feed ourselves. Immediately, after 60 years, our individuals are not secure. Immediately after 60years, our nation IS STILL IN DARKNESS.

Immediately, after 60 years we can not talk with each other via roads, railways. Immediately, after 60years, our nation has develop into at finest deathtraps, the place bizarre residents are hunted by marauders and murderers.

What we inherited from the British, had been both stolen, damaged or thrown away. The nation is now a wasteland suffering from white elephant initiatives conceived and deserted however all paid for. Governance at finest in Nigeria has develop into not a name to service however a legal enterprise for self appropriation and self-improvement.

No nation has ever taken a shortcut to success, not as a result of these nations haven’t tried, however, just because there aren’t any shortcuts to success.

The navy, maybe even worst than the colonial administration destroyed the very foundations of our democracy, the foundations of our paperwork, the foundations of our public service, by introducing a tradition of arbitrariness and lawlessness wherein violence was the one means to energy.

A mixture of those set the muse for corruption because the worst manifestation of the overall lack of accountability. To make certain, when Normal  Abdusalam broke with the navy custom of clutching to energy in 1999, he did lay a basis for the return of our nation to democracy, and we thank God, wanting again, that after 20years, we’ve got carried out 5 again to again elections, even with most controversial circumstances and regardless of the violence, after 16years of being dominated by one political occasion, the nation determined that it was fed up with their vanity and blatant thievery and looting mentality which have develop into the political tradition of the time.

The residents of Nigeria made a radical and unprecedented flip, thus in 2014, the sudden occurred, specifically: a sitting president in Africa will concede defeat towards the function of play, even when the tally of votes had are available in.

The nation, properly throughout ethnic-religious, ethnic, and sophistication line, believed our worst nightmare was over. The incoming president had campaigned on a wealthy menu of guarantees, promising to convey again the Chibok women, to finish corruption, to finish Boko Haram, to finish poverty, to unite our nation.

Certainly, he had ushered in a lot lofty hope to uphold the structure when he mentioned in his inaugural speech on Could 29 2015 ‘I belong to everybody and to nobody’. All of us took these guarantees, and we seemed up in hope to a person who had campaigned on the important thing philosophy of integrity and character.

Immediately, the tide has woefully turned, the president has turned his again to virtually all the important thing guarantees he had made to all Nigerians in the course of the marketing campaign. Immediately, our nation now seems to be like a boiling pot wherein everyone seems to be attempting to flee.

Nepotism had develop into the brand new ideology of this authorities. In following this ideology, it’s estimated, and could be very fascinating that this assertion was made by a northern Muslim journalist that the president has handed over 85 p.c of key appointments to northern Muslims, and ensured that males of his religion maintain tight the reins of energy to essentially the most crucial areas of our nationwide life, such because the nationwide assemble, and the safety businesses.

In chapter 2 of our structure underneath elementary aims, and directive ideas of state coverage, the structure states clearly in part 13 and I quote ‘it shall be the accountability and responsibility of all organs of presidency, and of all authorities and course of, exercising legislative, government, Judicial powers to conformed, noticed and utilized the provisions of this chapter of the structure, from the president to the least workplace holder’.

The structure which is the political bible that holds any nation collectively, of which political heads swear by and to uphold the ideas, part 14 subsection 1 says and I quote; ‘The federal republic of Nigeria shall be a state primarily based on the ideas of democracy and social justice’ these are the two crucial pillars on which the federal republic of Nigeria hangs, of which we measure the success of Nigeria by the standard of Nigeria and social justice.

Article B follows by stating and I quote; ‘the safety and welfare of the folks shall be the first objective of the federal government. That signifies that, the president, governors, chairman of native authorities on this nation as their major accountability, the duty to make sure that their individuals are secure and like a mom and her baby, their folks don’t go to mattress hungry.

These are the check by which we are able to measure the faithfulness, the dedication of the president of the general public workplace holders in Nigeria.

Subsection 3 of the structure of the states; ‘The composition of the federal government of the federation or any of those businesses, and the conduct of its affairs shall be carried out in such a fashion as to mirror the federal character of Nigeria and the necessity to promote nationwide unity and to command nationwide loyalty, thereby making certain that there isn’t any predominance of individuals from just a few states, or individuals from different teams in that authorities or any of its businesses.’ That is the structure and each individual holding workplace swore by, to not monopolise energy.

Nevertheless, by adopting nepotism as a major ideology, clearly, unable to safe our nation and our folks, President Muhamadu Buhari is in flagrant violation of the structure that he swore to uphold. And the proof that adduced is just not my pondering, however what our structure states.

Immediately, our sense of unity is severely underneath menace and check. Our widespread citizenship has been fractured and diminished; the ideas of social justice, equity, egalitarianism on which our structure stands have been assaulted, violated and diminished.

Nigerian residents really feel collectively violated. There may be clearly a battle in narratives and understanding, between the ideas and ideologies contained within the structure, the manifesto of the APC as a celebration on which the president campaigned on the brutal realities of Nigeria in the present day.

It’s seen that it was in anticipation of this dissonance that the president constructed a firewall round himself by participant choice of safety chiefs primarily based on faith, area or ethnic base. It could possibly be the explanation for the adoption of the identical ideas within the nationwide meeting as we’ve got it in the present day, wherefore, for the primary time within the historical past of our nation Senate president, the speaker of the home and their deputies and majority leaders are the entire identical area and religion.

Maybe, this consciousness would by no means have arisen, and I Am making the purpose due to this fact that this can be a clear violation of the structure and in different clans, these are clear grounds of division, as a result of the president fails to uphold, stay by the ideas of the structure, it stays for the nationwide meeting to surpass the restrict of that declare towards the brutal realities that Nigerians face in the present day.

The president has been fairly diligent and targeted on the pursuit of an agenda, that’s clearly alien to the aspirations, hopes, and goals of our folks throughout faith. We have now nothing but to speak about Islam as a faith, Christianity as a faith, Nigeria as southerners, easterners, northerners, the width and breadth of the nation is damage.

It’s in regards to the selection made by a person, the imaginative and prescient that he pursues doesn’t conform to the aspiration the founding fathers of the nation, the latter, and the spirit of our structure. Nigeria was nothing like this earlier than. How lengthy will this lie final earlier than it melts in our faces? We live a lie and everyone knows it. The motor of our nation is unity and religion, peace, and progress.

Immediately, my expensive brothers and sisters, the place is Nigeria unity, our religion in Nigeria, peace and progress in Nigeria. Allow us to keep in mind the world stood nonetheless and stood shoulder to shoulder with Nigeria and anticipated nice issues from Nigeria.

And in case you learn the speech if our prime minister, each on October 1st and what he offered within the U.s.a., you possibly can see very clearly that certainly Europe and America the place able to accompany Nigeria to greatness. On the fifth of December 1960,

Time Journal did what it had by no means carried out specifically; it positioned our prime minister as man of the yr. No black individual had ever been conferred with that honour earlier than. Immediately, the place are we?

Lastly, on the finish of his speech 60years in the past, our beloved prime minister thanked the missionaries for the good work they did in Nigeria, We the catholic church in step with that custom have remained relentless and are nonetheless on our responsibility submit following the legacy of those that had gone earlier than us, we nonetheless stand dedicated to offering schooling and well being providers throughout the board, for granted of ethnicity and faith, that’s the legacy the catholic church is proud to uphold which is the legacy adopted when on the organising of covid19 committee.

The Catholic Bishops supplied all our well being centres throughout Nigeria for use for the therapy of COVID. That spirit of the pursuit of the widespread good has been our precept as catholic, and for this reason our president appeals to all the Catholic group and we devoted the final 39 days, ending in the present day, 40 days of dedicated prayer to God, and we all know God won’t abandon us.

We as a church stays dedicated to the betterment of this nation, however, it’s clear to level out that this nation is just not benefitting nearly all of its residents. Immediately, after 60years it’s a interval to resume our vows, however it’s uncertain that almost all of Nigerians will reply to summon of being referred to as to resume their vows to Nigeria, they’ll ask which Nigeria? As a result of it has not been honest to its residents, and it has been extra manifest in the previous few years.

All of us face a dilemma, which is, our nationwide day only a day for celebration, or a day that we will be referred to as upon singing God tune in Babylon. How can we sing a tune of pleasure, when our daughters, Chibok women are nonetheless in captivity, when Leah Shuaribu remains to be not accounted for. How can we sing a tune of pleasure when sponsored murderers are nonetheless operating throughout our land, when it’s virtually evident that this yr all poor farmers can not reap, as a result of they didn’t sow.

Mr President, I need to attraction to you, our nation is now actually a pool of blood, please, reset the clock earlier than it’s too late.

I pray for you that you simply flip your consideration from these hypocrites who see the failure of the Nigerian state as politics; we see it as a matter life and demise.

This isn’t the Nigeria we dreamt of Mr. President that you simply fought in a conflict and tried to provide your life. However, we hope in God as Nigerians, and I say to Nigeria, allow us to stand in hope, love, and confidence, and renew our religion in God.

God bless you and our nation


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