- Nigerian religious leaders have been asked to have self-respect and not grovel at politicians' feets
- The call was made by no other person than outspoken cleric, Mathew Kukah
- Also, the bishop urged them not to allow politicians contaminate their faith
Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, has called on religious leaders not to grovel before politicians.
He said this on Sunday, March 7, during a virtual interview with academic and historian, Toyin Falola.
Kukah also urged them to resist the political class from contaminating their faith, Punch reports.
The outspoken cleric is also worried that religion has become a hostage to the political forces.
“Nigerian politics as you can see from Okija to other places has become so highly spiritualise and this is what happens in an environment when there are no predictors, there are no signs. Nigerian politician don’t believe they can just win an election by fighting hard so, they are expecting you to pray for success of their political enterprise.
“It is not about electoral outcomes or how well electoral laws are; it is that we are operating in an environment that is so dubiously spiritual. The challenge for us as spiritual leaders is to maintain the integrity of faith. I have a bit of experience but I am happy and lucky that I have been able to go from one generation to the other, from one administration to the other because you have to be careful of the choices that you make."
In another report, Nigerian playwright Wole Soyinka responded to critics that reacted to the New Year address of Matthew Kukah.
The professor on Monday, January 18, said the controversial reactions to the cleric's message were diversionary and nationally unhealthy.
The Nobel laureate who made his position known in a statement also warned that Nigerians must not give in to the demands of irrational religionists who would demand a mile after getting an inch.
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