Ahead of Nigeria’s 2023 general elections, the bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan Kukah has appealed to Nigerians not to vote on sentiment in 2023 election.
The Bishop believes the nation is craving for a better leader that can change the fortune of the country.
Kukah is advising the citizens not to vote for leaders on the basis of sentiments but elect wisely and monitor their vote.
He made this known at an event organised by the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS).
Speaking on the theme, ‘High-Level Forum on Political Communication and Issue-based Campaign in the 2023 General Elections’, Kukah said that Nigerians were looking for a country with leaders they could believe in.
“As citizens, we need to get a sense that beyond talking to us about corruption, we need leaders that will ‘walk the talk’. This is because the corruption mantra is no longer working and it is not going to work.
He further said that: “the greatest challenge for us in Nigeria is that our identity politics has not been well managed. And politics remains the most viable ingredient in managing diversity. Had we developed the skills to manage diversity effectively, the challenges confronting the country would have been tackled”.
He further said that for the country to get out of its political challenge, it was the responsibility of those who govern to deal with it frontally.
“We need to re-image and re-imagine Nigeria because the Nigeria that we have today is not the Nigeria that many of us can recognise.”