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2023 Election: Kukah lists qualities next Nigeria’s president should have


The Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah, has listed the qualities to be possessed by anyone who would become Nigeria’s next president.

Kukah named the qualities known in his Easter Message on Sunday titled, ‘To mend a broken nation: The Easter metaphor’.

Mentioning the qualities, the cleric said Nigeria needs a person “with a heart, a sense of empathy and a soul on fire.”

According to him, the greatest challenge for Nigeria is not even the 2023 elections but the prospects for the reconciliation of Nigerains.

The cleric said, “One would be tempted to ask, what is there to say about our tragic situation today that has not been said? Who is there to speak that has not spoken? Like the friends of Job, we stare at an imponderable tragedy as the nation unravels from all sides. The government has slid into hibernation mode. It is hard to know whether the problem is that those in power do not hear, see, feel, know, or just don’t care.

“Either way, from this crossroad, we must make a choice, to go forward, turn left or right or return home. None of these choices are easy, yet, guided by the light of the risen Christ, we can reclaim our country from its impending slide to anarchy.

“The greatest challenge now is how to begin a process of reconstructing our nation hoping that we can hang on and survive the 2023 elections. The real challenge before us now is to look beyond politics and face the challenge of forming character and faith in our country. Here, leaders of religion, Christianity and Islam, need to truthfully face the role of religion in the survival of our country.



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