The Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah has disagreed with late Chinua Achebe who said that the problem with Nigeria is leadership.
Speaking in Lagos today, October 4 at the 3rd Annual Conference of the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP), Bishop Kukah said that his interactions with almost all the past and present leaders of this country have proved to him that they were all passionate about developing the country.
“I’m privileged to have a one-on-one sessions with all the leaders of this country, except late Sani Abacha. All of them were serious about developing the culture.”
Kukah recalled the different developmental programmes of the past leaders, including Operation Feed the Nation, MAMSER, DFFRI, Better life for the Rural People and many others.
He said that the irony is that these constant changes and inconsistencies in policies have been the sources of impediments to development.
The Bishop also described Nigerians as perpetual haters of their leaders at every point in time.
According to him, there is no leader who had not received some doses of hatred from the citizens, adding that the hatred used to increase with the next leader from the previous one.
“Obasanjo was hated during his time while the hatred for Umar Yar’Adua was more, even as the one for Goodluck Jonathan was also more than the one on Tar’Adua.”
He argued that the hatred for President Muhammadu Buhari now increased over and above the previous leaders.
Bishop Kukah said therefore that the problem with Nigeria has been the lack of trust in the leadership by the citizens, saying that the issue of development should not be the business of the leaders alone.
“The task of nation building is and should be a collective one, with the citizens playing greater roles.”
Kukah spoke on the main theme of the Conference: Economy, Security And National Development: The Way Forward.
Former Director General of the West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management, Professor Akpan Hogan Expo and former Director of the Department of State Service (DSS), Mike Ejiofor discussed Bishop Kukah’s keynote address.