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Non-implementation of oputa panel report troubles Kukah

London – Rev Fr. Mathew Kukah, a member of the Judicial Commission for the Investigation of Human Rights Violations, popularly called Oputa panel, on Monday said he was worried about the non-implementation of the final report of the commission.

Kukah said this in London at the launch of his book entitled: “Witness to Justice: An Insider’s Account of Nigeria’s Truth Commission,’’, in London.

“My argument is that the inability or unwillingness of government to deal with very practical processes especially the ones that arose from the findings of the Oputa Commission, are likely to have an impact on the politics of Nigeria.

“Because government did not deal with some of the issues the commission raised, for instance, power-sharing, it recently manifested in the concept of zoning,” he said.

He recalled that the commission, which was headed by Justice Chukwudifu Oputa, did offer concrete suggestions on how to alleviate anxieties across the country.

He said the commission emphasised on issues such as communal violence, religious crisis, culture of impunity and illegal detentions of people.

“For me, the government’s inability to respond to these issues at that time further deepened the culture of impunity.

“ Because of the contestation between various ethnic blocs, ethnicity became such an important tool for negotiations,’’ Kukah said.

He stressed that because people were unable to handle marginalisation in the various ethnic groups properly, the result was that “literarily everything was outsource to God.’’

“You rely on God for security, to get a job, to win an election, to gain admission into the university, to get what Nigerian bureaucrats call favourable postings.

“I think because people have learnt to rely on God and not the state or government, this is how we ended up with a society in which everything starts and ends on outsourcing,’’ Kukah said.

Kukah is the  Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Kaduna. (NAN)


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