The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, has warned that Nigeria is treading a dangerous path under the Muhammadu Buhari government because young people feel disempowered.
The cleric stated this while speaking at an event organised by The Kukah Centre and Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA).
According to Bishop Kukah, democracy and dictatorship cannot coexist as one as to give way for the other.
“This is a dangerous path we are treading. Our young people are feeling disempowered,” he said.
“We are faced with a nation that is consuming its own children, we are faced with the prospects of an uncertain future. It is impossible, even the worst enemy of Nigeria would never have contemplated that this is where we will be.”
Kukah stated that Nigerians in 2023 must elect someone with the intellectual capacity and understanding to manage the country.
He said: “Democracy is not an exercise undertaken by good men and women, which is what Nigerians have always fallen victim to — that we are looking for holy men, men of integrity, men of dignity to govern us and we assume that managing a diverse Nigeria does not require some level of deep intellectual reflection and understanding on the complexity in managing a society so energetic.
“This is a dangerous path we are treading. Our young people are feeling disempowered. We are faced with a nation that is consuming its own children, we are faced with the prospects of an uncertain future.”