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It’s Sad Judiciary, Priests Are Getting Dragged Into Politics – Kukah



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A prominent Nigerian cleric, Bishop Matthew Kukah has lamented the actions of politicians in dragging members of the judiciary and Catholic priests into politics.

The convener of the National Peace Committee, who failed to elaborate further on the nature of political involvement, said this on Friday at the 8th House of Justice Summit held in Kaduna State.

According to the Bishop of the Sokoto Catholic Diocese, politics has its own rhyme and rhythm, especially in contrast to someone who has a certain moral responsibility.

He said: “I am saddened by the fact that the judiciary has now found itself being sucked into politics.

“I would have also been sad — and I’m also sad — to the extent that even us who are priests in the church, we are getting sucked into politics because you will never come out the same.

“You go to wrestle with a pig inside poto poto (mud). You may defeat the pig, but you cannot go around showing yourself to see what you look like.

“Elections will always give us what I call unintended consequences. But also, it is important to understand that a contest is always a contest. And you use the experience of this to prepare for the next contest.”

Kukah urged Nigerians not to be despondent, saying the best is still to come. The cleric urged Nigerians to be focused on the present rather than worry about the next generation.

He added: “You are using mobile phones today. It wasn’t the generation that went before us that gave us mobile phones. Every generation will contest its own problems. Let’s be concerned with the problems of the moment.

“Yes, we dream about the future. But like somebody said, today is the tomorrow you dreamt about yesterday. But let’s not be nervous. We should be nervous that we are underperforming because there are things we could have done differently.

“But there is a new consciousness that is emerging, and it is that consciousness that we must build on. So, justices will do what justices will do.”

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  1. Musa K. Abubakar

    November 25, 2023 at 5:52 pm

    This is quite in tandem with the views expressed by the Northern Elders Forum! Some earlier I had expressed a similar position in the Social Media when I said
    “To quote one of the learned men, Nigeria’s democracy has been taken over by ‘Judicial Mercenaries’ The real masses who always stood in the Sun or Rain must wake up to take back their Country from the so-called Super Rich and the Powerful, otherwise Nigeria’s democracy is doomed”

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