BY GBENGA ARIYIBI

ADO-EKITI-The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Rev Mathew Hassan Kukah , has lamented that since the country attained independence that the nation has produced what he described as unwilling Presidents. He equally condemned attaching too much importance on identity of where a leader has emerged

Kukah who was delivering a paper titled ‘’Identity Problems” in Nigeria, as one of the programmes marking one year in office of Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi in Ado Ekiti Thursday, noted that all those who have found themselves as the number one citizen of the country emerged through a “default,’’ or simply put “unprepared’’

The Catholic priest went down a memory lane on how each of the leaders down from the late Tafawa Balewa up to the time of Military regime of General Yakubu Gowon down to late Murtala Mohammed and up to the present regime of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan emerged unprepared for the assignment as the Head of States.

“ l do not mean to abuse anybody ,right from Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa to President Shehu Shagari, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, the late President Umaru Yar’Adua and President Goodluck Jonathan, none of them actually prepared for the position, but they were conscripted into it

He equally identified impatience on the part of Nigerians as one of the strong factors militating against the progress of the country

The Catholic priest observed that Nigerians had at various times jumped into hasty conclusion in matter of national interest like the boko haram issue, federalism, state police , constitutional amendment in direct relation to the proposed 7-year single term for the president and governors , which he said have had adverse effects on Nigerians collective destiny.

He said said, the mere fact that the President, Dr Godluck Jonathan mentioned the foregoing as part of the areas to be presented for amendment did not make it a policy statement, since it is subject to the approval of the National Assembly.

The Bishop Kukah advised the ruling government to always respect the concept of opposition and stop seeing the opposition figures as government’s enemies, saying “without opposition , democracy cannot stand”.

 

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