Building a good society takes time, says Kukah

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• Catholic bishop visits Tinubu, says Wike, Fubara will settle

One year is not enough to rate and pass judgment on the administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese and Kukah Centre Founder Matthew Kukah, said yesterday.

He, however, said that the government owes it a sacred duty to communicate when it will fix the prevailing socio-economic challenges.

The cleric, who was accompanied by the Director of the Kukah Centre, Fr. Atta Barkindo, spoke with reporters at the State House, Abuja after meeting with the President

He was at the Presidential Villa to discuss an upcoming event organised by the Kukah Centre to dialogue on national cohesion.

According to him, while the administration is providing solutions to the myriad of the challenges, the citizens need to get a sense of how soon they expect to breathe a sigh of relief.

Bishop Kukah said: “I’m sure that many people will tell you that one year is not enough to make a judgment. However, from where we all stand, we know that we are all in a very difficult situation.

“Nigerians are in various levels of pain and they are pains that are unintended. But, they are as a result of certain policy decisions that hopefully, with time, can be amended in order to serve the welfare of ordinary people.”

He said the government has the responsibility to ensure better living conditions and security of the citizens.

The cleric said: “I believe that the essence of government is to guarantee the welfare and security of ordinary citizens. I believe that the times that we are in are very very difficult times, and nobody should be under any illusion.

“But, there are also times for renewal. We just need to commit ourselves to the fact that building a good society takes a lot of time. It’s not something that is done in one lifetime. And for me, the most important thing is for us to continue on the building blocks of the things that we think are being done well.

“My argument has always been that the government needs to very quickly improve the quality of communication so that Nigerians can at least get a sense of how long is going to be before food is ready.”

He further said that Nigerians also have to come to terms with the fact that building a good society does not happen in a hurry.

On Wike/Fubara rift

The cleric, who refrained to comment of the political crisis rocking Rivers State, said politicians have a way of resolving their differences.

He said: “Well, I don’t live in Rivers State. Look, this is politics and very often, we ordinary people cry more than the bereaved.  The important thing is politicians will fix their problems.

“Rivers State is a place that is very dear to me because I have been associated with them for a very long period of time.

“But look, when politicians fight, don’t get carried away because they have their capacity to fix their quarrel and I hope and pray that Rivers State will sooner rather than later, reposition because it is not an insignificant part of Nigeria.”

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