The Archbishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah, has called on Nigerians not to allow religious, tribal or political sentiments to undermine the 2023 general elections.
Speaking during an interview on Arise TV on Friday morning on the type of leaders, particularly the person that should be elected by Nigerians as the next Nigerian President, he advised that it was very important for Nigerians to see through them and choose wisely.
According to Bishop Kukah, given the perennial challenges facing the country, electorates must sieve and interrogate the presidential candidates on their ideologies, plans, and governance style before making their choice.
He added that it was important for the political actors, particularly the presidential candidates, to listen to the young people, understand their frustrations, and align their agenda towards assuaging their grievances for a better Nigeria.
“The passion that drove people in 2015 has dissipated. The people have understood they were lied to and we have all seen the consequences of religious manipulations.
“The young people have become aware of this and are asking the right questions,” he said.
Bishop Kukah who recently celebrated his 70th birthday anniversary is a critic of the nation’s bad governance.
His writings over the years have become controversial and have drawn the ire of powers that be.