Bishop Matthew Kukah
Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Kukah is confident that President Muhammadu Buhari will improve the fortunes of the country.
Speaking in an interview with Vanguard, Kukah noted that since Buhari was elected and not appointed, it is very unlikely that Nigerians would witness any unpleasant surprises.
“Buhari was not appointed, he was elected. If he was appointed, there could be element of surprise.
“What I am saying is that Buhari begged, cajoled and mobilised for our votes based certain clear principles that he articulated.
“The man has given me a manifesto. My business is to study the manifesto as a means of judging whether Buhari is faithful to his promises. If you ask me now, I will tell you that Buhari’s priority should be to visit Sokoto. Let him come and have dinner with me and I will tell him the things I need him to do. But that is not the issue. Based on the commitment he made to us, it is not fair to ask Nigerians what they expect from this government because those issues have been articulated.
Speaking further, Bishop Kukah noted that although the president needs to fight corruption, it should not distract him from governance which is the main issue.
“We elected a President not to look for scapegoats. We elected the President to get a job done and I am convinced that if Buhari wants to prosecute thieves he will do it because as the President there is no kind of information that he cannot access.
“Prosecution of corrupt people does not necessarily have to be done through theatre and drama. Obasanjo did it quite efficiently. He got back a lot of money without shouting. There were a few theatricals, but Obasanjo himself did say to my hearing that there were people who returned money even through pastors. So what is the use of wasting money trying to prosecute somebody? Doing that quietly without noise will be better because the business of governance will go on,” Bishop Kukah said.