Don’t die for politicians struggling for national cake, Kukah warns Nigerians
The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, has warned Nigerians, particularly the loyalists of politicians, not to kill themselves in demonstrating support for their candidates.
Speaking on Tuesday morning, hours after the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu; and his People’s Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart, Atiku Abubakar, bantered at the private wing of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport in Abuja on Monday, Kukah noted that opposition politicians are friends struggling for their piece of the national cake and shouldn’t be taken too seriously.
Kukah, who is the Convener of the National Peace Committee, challenged political fanatics to learn a lesson from the public exchange of pleasantries between Tinubu and Atiku, stressing that the message from the banter is for political loyalists of both frontline presidential candidates for the 2023 election to be wise, shun violence and not kill themselves for people drinking from the same pool.
According to him, “These politicians are struggling and they’ve lived their lives struggling for the national cake which they will distribute amongst themselves. It is therefore in the interest of ordinary Nigerians to know that they have to vote to stay alive”.
While stating that supporters of politicians “must understand that these politicians know themselves” regardless of their grandstanding and posturing, he, therefore, advised supporters of candidates all over the country to be “a bit more restrained and wise”.
“We ordinary people must figure out how to manage our passion when it comes to politics. Don’t take seriously the grandstanding of the politicians.”
“When you see them abusing themselves or quarreling, you will think they will never shake hands. They are very good friends, and many of them drink from the same pool. So, don’t go and kill yourself for nothing. That is what that message is all about”.