The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Hassan Kukah, has said there is an urgent need to save Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari.
Kukah stated this in a sermon during wake of His Grace, Archbishop Peter Yariyock Jatau, a former Archbishop of Kaduna Diocese of the Catholic Church, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cathedral, in Kaduna.
Jatau died in Kaduna on December 16, 2020.
He was aged 89.
In his sermon, titled: “A nation in search of its soul,” Kukah on Tuesday said: “Today, our dear nation is like the proverbial farmer searching for his black goat.
“He has to do it with a sense of urgency because darkness is setting in as the sun quickly recedes.
“Our nation has become one huge waste land, huge debris of the deceit, lies, treachery, double dealing and duplicity.
“Nigerian politics has become a huge Trojan horse, a hoax, a hall of guile and dissimulation.
“The levels of frustration are rising by the day and we can see all this in the rise in domestic violence and inter-communal conflicts.
“A combination of all these has turned us unto a nation at war with itself.”
On Northern elites, Kukah said they had failed to manage the diversity of the great region in general and the great city of Kaduna in particular.
He, however, expressed optimism that the new government under Malam Nasir El-Rufai was embarking on excellent physical infrastructure, which would transform Kaduna State.
He said: “Post-civil war Nigeria faced severe challenges but nowhere was this more so than the North, with Kaduna being the epicentre.
“Suspicion gradually set in.
“No one needs to recite the litany of woes and bloodshed that have characterised the great city of Kaduna.
“Archbishop Jatau saw through the good and the bad times.
“We pray the governor will be even handed to see the broader picture.
“Social infrastructure for markets and entertainment has more capacity for dialogue and peace than a million seminars.”