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Published On: Mon, Jan 5th, 2015

Polls: Nigerians need those who’ll tackle their problems – Bishop Kukah

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From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Bishop Matthew Kukah has declared that Nigerians are not interested in who wins or lost, they are rather interested in who will address the enormous problems facing them and do the right thing.

He stated this at a sermon he delivered at a funeral ceremony of a a retired military officer and community leader, Lt. Col. Christopher Waziri Zonkwa (rtd), held in Unguwan Rana, Ashafa Ikulu Chiefdom, of Zangon-Kataf local government area of Kaduna state. According to the cleric, it does not matter who becomes the

President, stressing that Nigerians were interested in somebody who will address the problems facing them.

He said it was unfortunate that 50 years after, Nigerians were still talking about the same issues that are facing the country and blamed the leaders for their failure to move the nation to the path of progress.

“This is a country where people steal and go to other countries to set up businesses and buy houses. The issue of 2015 elections is not about who wins, but it is about somebody who is ashamed of the state of the Nigerian nation and strives to do the right thing.

“The things that Nigerians are doing today, especially politicians,

are responsible for why things are not working. We must ask ourselves: Why we are still talking about the same issues 40, 50 years after. “Nigeria is the only country that does not think and plan for the future, all the developed countries think and plan 10 years ahead. For instance, if America hears of happenings in other parts of the world, they think of how it is going to affect the Americans and begin to plan ahead” the clergy man said.

He described the late Ikulu community leader, Lt. Col. Christopher Wazirin Zonkwa, who passed on at the age of 74, as a principled  person that served the military and his people very well.

Also paying tribute to the late Zonkwa, former military governor of Kaduna state, Maj. Gen. Tanko  Ayuba (rtd) and former military

governor of Rivers state, Maj. Gen. Zamani Lekwot described the late Zonkwa as a humble,  resourceful and hardworking person.

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