Kukah calls Nigeria’s political system ‘glorified feudalism’ and calls for real leadership


The Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan Kukah, has blamed Nigeria’s stagnation on its indisputably outdated political system.

Kukah, who was a guest on Arise, Morning Show, Friday, described Nigerian politics as completely unscientific and poor.

He lamented the cycle of poor leaders that has paraded in the country since its so-called return to democracy, adding that the criteria for selecting leaders could not pass the test of governance.

“Nigeria is doing politics without political science; what we run is a glorified form of feudalism. The quality of the debate vindicated my position,” Kukah said.

“I had a discussion with GEJ before the event and we talked about the process of selecting leaders who cannot pass the governance tests. We cannot keep doing the same thing and not expect the same results and we have a new generation that understands the complexities of nation building.

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Kuku further underscored the need for Nigeria to redefine its political system which would give room for a thorough investigation into the policies crafted by the rulers.

“The concept of leadership is being redefined due to globalization; the world is now focused in your brain, not your origin. But in Nigeria, most of our traditions are in conflict with democracy. This is why we confuse office holders with leaders. There is too much emphasis on the center in Nigeria unlike Western climates and there is a need to expand the frontiers of knowledge. Our leaders must be subjected to a minimum litmus test regarding their various policies.

In the 2023 general elections, Kukah hailed the participation of young people in the process, saying more needs to be done in the area of ​​security and restoring confidence in Nigerians.

“The energy of this election is incredible and a lot of young people want to change the country. This government has tried in many ways, but the only downside is in the area of ​​human security. We need to instill a sense of institutionalized trust in the process; the frustration of young people is to channel this to ensure that change is for the benefit of the country,” he concluded.

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