Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC, to stop lamenting the wrongs of past administrations.
Kukah told newsmen on Wednesday in Akure that “Nigerians didn’t vote a government to complain about yesterday. If we wanted yesterday, the new government would not be there.”
“The previous government didn’t only do bad things, it did a lot of good things. I think the business of government is not our business. Our business is: if the previous government did bad, that is why we voted a new government.
“It is really about taking responsibility. No matter how much you praise or abuse Jonathan, he is not the President of Nigeria. I think people must understand, you take power to solve problems, not to agonize.
“As the head of a family, no matter how bad things are in the house, you, as a father, can’t enter the house crying. It is the question of developing the mechanism. Even my best friends in APC now realise that nobody can sing the song about Jonathan being responsible for the problems we are in.
“We are not asking you to change the whole world. Jonathan created problems but we are now riding a train between Abuja and Kaduna; the train wasn’t there before. Things that Jonathan did that can help Nigeria, let’s continue with them.
“On the bad things that Jonathan did, those who deserve to go to prison should go to prison, but sending people to prison will only be useful if it puts bread on the table of people.”
On the war against corruption, the Catholic Bishop said: “I have always said, you can’t cure malaria by just providing tablets; you might provide tablets to cure malaria but you have to look at the cause of malaria. As long as dirty waters and mosquitoes are around, there will still be the disease.
“My argument has always been that we are really fighting corruption, we started off with the assumption that corruption is all about people stealing money. But stealing money is actually the other end of corruption.
“The reason we don’t seem to make much progress is based on the kind of diagnosis. I still believe that unless we get to the root cause of poverty, inequality, which are really the evidence and symptom of corruption, you can talk of fighting corruption as very little is going to happen.”