Reality Catching Up With Northern Nigeria, Says Bishop Kukah

Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah
By SaharaReporters, New York

Activist and head of Catholic Diocese of Sokoto State, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, has declared that the reality of undervelopment is catching up with Northern Nigerian in comparison with the South.
Kukah was speaking on “Power without authority: Leadership crisis in Nigeria”, at a Nigerian Leadership Initiative (NLI) lecture in Abuja.

In a summary of his speech SaharaReporters obtained in Abuja, Kukah said that the North has so many challenges of development and it is “daybreak because the reality of the situation is obvious.”
He said while Nigeria has consistently produced office-holders, it has not produced leaders, as different people have assumed control by accident, and without preparation.  

He also observed that while the problems of this nation were not caused by President Goodluck Jonathan, it is remarkable that the rot that is being dug out in the National Assembly is happening during his time.

Turning specifically to the North, he said, “Clearly, my message for my brothers and sisters in the north is to ask ourselves, ‘what is happening?’” he said.  “And the north must also appreciate the fact that the return of government to the north in whatever shape or form is not going to solve our problem, and will not be the solution to the problem. And it’s daybreak, because the reality of the situation is obvious. This is where I feel quite disappointed by some of the utterances I have heard. I heard somebody like Alhaji Adamu Ciroma saying that the problem now is that: ‘we need a Danfodiyo to come.’”

He urged Nigerians not to give up.  “There is hope in Nigeria. I am a Bishop, I market hope. But let us be realistic, what I have seen in the Southwest. The Southwest states have developed a roadmap of where they are heading- a critical question I ask myself is: where is northern Nigeria? The north has literally and increasingly perceived to be a liability to the rest of Nigeria.

“The whole notion that somehow, by some dysfunctional philosophy, we can still line up and say: it is our turn to govern Nigeria, that is not the way the rest of the world is going. I appeal to us to appreciate the fact that the problems of this nation were not caused by President Goodluck Jonathan. But I think what is also quite fascinating is that the rot that is being dug out in the National Assembly is happening during his time.”

“Nigeria has consistently produced office holders but not leaders. Nigeria has produced through different processes, men and women who came to power and office largely by accident. Check out the list: Tafawa Balewa-Ironsi-Gowon-Murtala-Obasanjo-Shagari-Buhari-Babangida-Shonekan-Abacha-Abdusalam-Obasanjo-Yar’adua-Jonathan. None of these great men came to office with any degree of preparation or experience in governance.

Analysing the patterns of ascent to power in Nigeria, he noted that only four of the eight Nigerian Heads of State have been civilians. “The others have come to power through military conspiracy and coups. There is hardly anyone who has not come to power through very controversial circumstances, framed in allegations of electoral fraud and so on. If truth were told, these circumstances of accident and chance in coming to power have taken a toll on issues of authority and legitimacy. Good governance relates to the strategies and mechanisms adopted by state for the delivery of public, social and political good. The duty and responsibility of every state is to deliver these services to its citizens or those who legitimately enter its territories.

Bishop Kukah then offered the following questions about the nature of the Nigerian polity today.  “Can the nation’s apparatus of security contain internal threat and dissent? Do citizens feel secure as individuals, families or communities? Do they feel secure in their homes, their places of work or worship? Are their properties protected either by the state or other mediating agencies? Do the security agencies enjoy respect and co-operation among the citizens? Do citizens enjoy protection under the Constitution? Has a culture of transfer of power by constitutional means become acceptable in the country? How does the country’s legal system work? What again, is the cost of justice and do citizens generally feel that the law protects them? How do individuals, families and communities assess the rule of law? How much does justice cost the weakest members of society? Are all citizens equal before the law? Do citizens understand the constitution as a secular document with a sacred ring to it? Does the government respect Court judgment?”

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FULL MANUSCRIPT OF BISHOP KUKAH SPEECH

Pls can I have the full manuscript of Bishop Kukah's speech "Power without authority: Leadership crisis in Nigeria" presented at the Nigerian Initiative Lecture in Abuja in 2013.

Pls send the manuscript to: sayorinde@yahoo.com

The Original and the fake

Anything that has an original also has a fake!

Based on the recent happenings, Nigerians should decide which is the original and that which is fake. The path that leads to Heaven and the path that will lead to hell. The one that is good and that which is bad. The route that leads to destruction and the route that leads to eternity. 

 

 

 

NIGERIA LOOK UP TO GOD.

The solution to nigerians is not from nigeria,neither is it from america or from d world.Religion has not solve d problem and cannot,Politic has not solve d problem,and cannot,INFACT"Religion Is A Problem In Nigeria"Politics Is Also A Problem In Nigeria.People who don't undersatand d value of life,have sold their life to satan as an agent of destruction.Muslims are lost,All religion are lost,dey don't have answer,Ur Idols cannot produce solution.Well d question is"Is Nigeria ready to look up to God"The solution is with God,He is not silent about d happenings in dis nation.God is given time to Repent,When He Arise In This Nation"All His Enemies In Nigeria and Beyond Will Scatter By Fire,If Babangida,Atiku,Buhari And Others Are part of it,They cannot escape the anger of God.Nigeria Belong To God In Jesus Name.Long Live Nigeria,Long Live Honest President.

My only disagreement is

My only disagreement is referring to a manifestly daft man as "great"

You are right ,the north

You are right ,the north contributes nothing to the centre . I wish the southerners will have the heart to pack out of the north and even boycott their food items .go home please , you leeches .

Patchwork

Bishop Kukah, this is patchwork you are doing due to locational constraints imposed on you. Go back to your work on religion and politics in Nigeria. You said it all there. Now you are doing some patchwork and making a populist appeal. The people being attacked daily, including the innocent catholic students killed yesterday were also poor. Their parents sold 'pure water' to send them to school. They were not flown to far places to learn how to make explosives to kill fellow humans. Our problem in this country is that some people have lost touch with the reality of diversity. They believe everyone must follow their religious hallucinations. I am not saying the point you made are not valid, but casually they are not. Look at what is happening across the sub-region and even far ME and NA. It's a new phenomenon that requires old scholars like you to dust off your spectacles and look closely than resort to escapist partch-partch theorisation for the applause.

libral.

my contribution is this, whether the north want leadership or not,there will be disintegration come 2015 as predicted.So if Nigeria disintegrate let me see what the north will do as in the development of there country/states.since i was born i know the northern's as people that listen to there elder's.Now are you people telling me that,there are not away of this activities of the BOKO HARAM's?or are elder's supporting them?are the elder's of the north like the blood shade? well the northerner's thought that there in built warrior's called BOKO HARAM that train how to shade blood of innocent one's,will only shade the blood of non northerner's,but unfortunately the revise is the case.am very sorry,for you plan's have failed you.

Re-Kukah

Abubaka, for once let be objectical with ourselves, what are wrongs the speaker said? Why are some us are so economical with the truth of all the happenings? The hardcore northerners are the problems of Nigeria. The world is watching.

Reality catching northern Nigeria

WE HAVE TO FACE FACTS THE NORTH IS CONFUSED SO CONFUSE THAT THEY ARE GOING MAD IF NOT MADNESS WHY SHOULD YOU THINK YOU CAN BEND EVERYONE TO BECOME MUSLIM BY FORCE IT CAN NOT WORK . WE ARE VERY SORRY FOR THESE MAD SHAMELESS PEOPLE WE WILL BE OBIDIENT TO OUR GOD WHO SAYS HOLD YOUR PEACE DO NOT REVENGE VENGEANCE IS MINE I SHALL REVENGE "THEY SHOULD NOTE THAT THE BLOOD AND SINS OF ALL THOSE KILLED BY THE WICKED VIOLENT KILLERS IS ON THEIR HEADS AND THOSE KILLERS ARE CURSED AND DARMED TO ETERNAL HELL FIRE .THOSE KILLED NOW ANGELS AND MERTRYS. NOW WE CALL ON THE LAWMAKERS TO SET IN MOTION THE DIVISION OF THE COUNTRY WE SURELY CAN NOT LIVE WITH INSANE PEOPLE IT IS OVER WE SEE MUSLIMS AS WICKED EVIL PEOPLE WHO ARE READY TO KILL SOMEONE WE NO LONGER TRUST MUSLIMS THEIR CHARACTER IS DENTED THEIR LABEL IS EVIL VIOLENT WICKED THIEVES .

Bishop Kukah

The Bishop is wrong. All the mentioned so called Leaders planned and executed Coups by killing others and/or revolting against authority. It was no accident. The massacre of people in the North have been on going since the creation of Nigeria by the British. It has nothing to do with poverty or development. If the thesis is accepted, are the victims of these massacres responsible for the uneven development? We all know that revenue derivation is skewed for the benefit of the North.
Please let us stop spreading misinformation.
The answer posed by the bishop is No to all of them and a good reason for the peoples to assert self determination as opposed to Nigeria which has has clearly failed in every way.

Stop the lies

pls just give instances where any suicide bomber caught in the north was a christian.Unless if u say sokoto and the man caught in Kaduna are now christians. Christians don't need to kill people and themselves to prove a point.Suicide bombing will send you to hell not heaven or a reward of virgins. i think heaven is better than that.

KUKAH OR KUKA ?(HAUSA WORD MEANING CRYING)

Any time i came accross you i feel bad, you are one of the architect of underdevelopment of the north since the time of obasanjo and now you want to play saint, the blood of all those killed is on your head, you now want to confuse a good man GEJ and ran back to northfor cover, whether you like it or not you hailed from the north, keep on crying mr religion

The Muslim prophecies listed

The Muslim prophecies listed here are found in the Quran and the Sunnah. Some believe Mohammed was possessed by a demon who gave him these parallel prophecies (Mohammed actually said that he feared he was possessed), but it could simply be that he had a copy of the book of Revelation and patterned this all after the bible so as to look authentic. Personally, I believe he was either possessed or given this information and guided to build the Islamic religion by a demon or the devil himself.

The Antichrist and the False

The Antichrist and the False Prophet will specifically use beheading as the primary means of execution for non-conformists

My Bishop Christ is not free

If Christ is free no man will go to his or her house to destroy her children. Christ is under the bondage of the Fathers, Elders, Customs and traditions in the Churches. The true Christ might be that Lady we refused to be the Pope, Cardinal, Bishop and Priest. The true Christ may be the one you threw his word in trash bin. The true Christ may be the one you called a mad man because he asked you to make women head of the church.The true Christ may be the those Pope refered as Rebels during his Easter Remark because they asked for womens' freedom and ordination of women Pope and priest in Catholic mission.I believed Muslims and their Boko Haram have a message of Christ sit down and study the truth of Christ.He is the Way, the Truth, Life, Death, Resurrection, Son, Word, Father, Mother and The Most High God of Grace and Mercy.

My Brother Bishop Kuku we are one but defers from calls

You and I are like two Nigerians from one community before the coming of private universities. You were like a privileged son of a richman he sent to private Junior and High school but I was a son of a poor man who went to public school. In the end of our High school we all got admission into one Federal University. The Spirit Federal Universe is Christ. Your private High school back ground exposed you more to be a good speaker, conservative and a good administrator. My public school of Holy Ghost sent me to become Military General where I lernt more of things of the spirit, one love, war and counter terrorism.
Come let's find solution to Nigeria problems, we are Christ not like Christ, we must free Christ and free ourselves.

Haba Alhaji Matthew Kukah

I'm deeply sorry sir but i don't think what you said made meaning.We are thinking on how to tackle the security challenge and there you are parambulating about nothing.This piece is wierd.It is unlike you.

CAN THE NORTH OPERATE INDEPENDENT OF THIER FEUDAL LORDS?

The north needs a social revolution,a massive educational drive and an aggressive rejection of the fuedal system whereby some are ordained to be in the ruling class while others are relegated by birth to exist as Almajeris.
Religion has to be seperated from state,a combination of both will definitly alienate the islamic north from the rest of Nigeria,it is just a matter of time.The fact that Sharia law is not adhered to in most states where it is law says it all,the governors steal and drink alchohol in secret,and they are not stoned to death or thier hands chopped off.That sharia is just there to confuse and distract the peasants,thier oligach children eat becon and chase girls in UK,Switzerland,Germany,USA,France etc,I will not mention names but I have seen them myself and partied with some.

The North is clear in their Demands

The North as explicitly told the South that they want out from this union so what is the south (most especially the South-South and the South-west) waiting for again?

Or how else would one describe this brazen killings of Southerns (mostly xtain folks)

I think the South-south and most especially Jonathan should see beyond this/”their” presidency and dissolve this present union that does no one any Good.

The North is clear in their demands that they are not willing to live under a Nigeria president from the south extraction.(which type of stupid country is that. I think the Ijaws should see this as an opportunity to control their resources unhindered).

Mad Man

You are a big fool using the good name of our dear God to commit sin. don't ever say anything to intimidate the southerners. we have helped the northerners a lot and we have come to the conclusion that enough is enough of your terrorism.

Forget all those false assurances

Nigeria is heading to nowhere.Take close study of history,the British have never done anything good in life.Check anywhere there is conflict in the world they laid the foundation- India/Pakistan,Sudan,Palestine/Israel,Nigeria etc.All the nations they cobled together for their selfish reasons have all crashed.Take a close look if you still see anything Nigeria.

Many Ibos died today in foreign Prisons

Development in South East is not of Government,but from love the people have for their people. Many Ibos died every day in foreign prisons because of crimes, they are forced to rob, to become drug barrons, to do all manner of odd jobs all over the world but their Northern counter parts are placed in high post immediately they left school. No body want to die or to lost his liberty in jail. Only Almight God knows what amount of money Nigeria Customs Heads make from traders in Nigeria.Most of these Custom Bosses are Northerns.
In the East people build their schools, Markets, Water, Electric city etc with their hard earned money. Western Nigeria are different because they have power, education, wisdom and money.They use their money to help others.

@Ngozy

Please answer this question sincerely without sentiment, that will help you to check if your reasoning surpass that of the Rev. In a simple term, if we cancel the centre (Federalism) and ask each state to provide for themselves, can the north survive under this present circumstance. What is the North contributing to the centre. Truth must be said, am Yoruba man and I know without the Oil in the South South many of the so called leaders will not be in polictics. So be sincere to yourselves and do a proper soul searching.

North and nigeria

things fall apart! the centre cannot longer hold.--- chinua Achebe.

Thank you My Brother and Bishop.

My Brother Bishop Kuku you made a powerful remark to our people of Northern Nigeria but one thing is missing. You failed to nailed down the reason North are undeveloped. We have richer Northners than in other parts of Nigeria.Take note of all ex military leaders(not Gowon and Shagari) Ex Governors, Commanders in the Navy, Air Force, Army Forces, the head of many cooperate bodies, great ministers etc. Directors of Oil companies all from North but still people are crying. Northners of today refused to follow the foot step of Late Ahmadu Bello who cared for his people.They refused to use their money to help their people rather to laid them in oversea Banks.

UNHEALTHY COUNTRY

Bishop Kukah couldn't have said it any better. Wonderful analysisi of Nigeria. See! the North was pre-occupied embazzling government funds since after the civil war. Wasting the money enriching themselves individually instead of developing their area(Look at Babangida!) Encouraging the mascare of Igbo's every so often and forgetting that there is God. The North must pay for their numerous sins and this is just the beginning.

kuka mind set

good talk,then you usually speak in parables now you are coming out strait,i know you've a lot to tell Nigerians but the fear of insecurity is my major concern for you less someday your critic might wage war against you, however be Christ like ,let your name be written in gold after your transiting to heaven. rev. hit the nail on the head.
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Nigeria and not the North alone.

The few desperate elites who hold the people of Nigeria to ransom don't see themselves as northerners or southerners, there are challenges in all part of Nigeria, challenges of different dimensions but to limit the problem to the north alone is like pot calling kettle black. i hear people saying POVERTY IN THE NORTH, isn't there every where? the poor masses of the north are farmers call it subsistence farming but the bottom line is you can prepare a pot of soup at a cheaper price than in the south. if we really want to save this country then lets salvage the whole country from the same desperate elites that share the resources of this country and stop trying to cause division among our people. Most Nigerians don't know there is oil wealth so let those that benefit from it desist from making statements.

FATHER KUKA HAS SAID IT ALL

Nigeria's problem is that of leadership as aready mentioned by Chunia Achebe.>>
1, Leadership failure.
2, Absence of political will to fight corruption.
3, electoral fraud.
Once the issue of corruption is frontally and squarely addressed, solutions to all the other problems will automatically fall in line.

KUKA AND HIS USELESS POLITICAL COMMENT

PASTOR IF YOU THINK YOU ARE TRUE MAN OF GOD WHY CANT YOU SPEAK THE TRUTH, WHO ARE THOSE IDIOT CALL BOKO HARAM,DO YOU MEAN YOU DONT NOW. SO ASK THE MEDIA,ALL THE BOKO HARAM SUSPECT ARRESTED TRYING TO PLANT BOMB IN ONE PLACE OR THE OTHER ARE CHRISTANT,SO WHATE HAVE DON TO EDUCATE UR PPLE TO NOW THAT THIS IS BAD. NOTHING INSTEAD IS USING IT TO BLACKMAIL OHER PPLE.AND AMAZING THING IS SOME OF THEM ARE NOT EVEN FROM THE NORTH,SO PASTOR TELL THE TRUTH MOBILISE YOUR PPLE TO NOW THE TRUTH INSTEAD OF SPEAKING USELESS POLITICAL COMMENT

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