The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, has said Nigerian politicians believe much in spirituality than working hard for the success of their political enterprise.
Kukah said this during a virtual interview with Toyin Falola, a professor of history at the University of Texas.
While speaking of the usual criticism of his stance on national matters, Kukah said he was not bothered as those criticizing him presently once praised him for his “neutrality” when his position on certain matters favoured them.
“Nigerian politics as you can see from Okija to other places has become so highly spiritualised and this is what happens in an environment when there are no predictors, there are no signs.
Nigerian politicians don’t believe they can just win an election by fighting hard so, they are expecting you to pray for success of their political enterprise.
“It is not about electoral outcomes or how well electoral laws are; it is that we are operating in an environment that is so dubiously spiritual.
“The challenge for us as spiritual leaders is to maintain the integrity of faith. I have a bit of experience but I am happy and lucky that I have been able to go from one generation to the other, from one administration to the other because you have to be careful of the choices that you make. Religion ought to be protected from contamination by the power of the state.”
“There are lots of people who are unhappy with me today but I can tell you after 2023, the same people who are unhappy with me today will be the ones who will be singing my praises. The same people who are singing my praises today, if they come to power, they will be the ones who will cast me out.