SAHARANEWS – Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Matthew Kukah, says no sane Nigerian can die for the country.
He spoke on Tuesday in his homily at the Good Shepherd Major Seminary, Kaukau, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State before the burial of the seminarian killed by kidnappers in the state.
“Nigeria is at a point where we must call for a verdict. There must be something that a man, nay, a nation should be ready to die for,” he said.
“Sadly, or even tragically, today, Nigeria, does not possess that set of goals or values for which any sane citizen is prepared to die for her.”
Kukah added that government functionaries were more willing to die to protect their offices but not for the country.
“Perhaps, I should correct myself and say that the average officeholder is ready to die to protect his office but not for the nation that has given him or her that office,” he said.
According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari runs the “most nepotistic and narcissistic government” in the history of Nigeria.
“The Yorubas say that if it takes you 25 years to practice madness, how much time would you have to put it into real life? We have practiced madness for too long,” he said.
“Our attempt to build a nation has become like the agony of Sisyphus who angered the gods and had to endure the frustration of rolling a stone up the mountain. Each time he got near the top, the gods would tip the stone back and he would go back to start all over again. What has befallen our nation?”