The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Dr. Matthew Hassan Kukah, has said that no president of any country in the world can be as irresponsible in the usage of power as a Nigerian president.
Kukah said this in Akure, Ondo State on Friday while delivering the annual Ulefunta/Oyemekun Festival lecture, entitled: “Building blocks for a good society.” held at the Francis Idibiye Lecture hall of the Federal University of Technology, Akure.
According to Kukah, the structure of the Nigerian presidential office makes the holders of the office extremely powerful, so much that he can deploy power the way he want.
He said: “No president in the world has the kind of power the Nigerian president has and as such, no president in the world can be as irresponsible as the Nigerian president. His power is so much that he can give oil bloc to his girlfriend and many others.
You thus can’t be a man of honour and live in a country like Nigeria and not be angry.”
Kukah said that from the first Nigerian Prime Minister, Alhaji Tafawa Balewa, to President Muhammadu Buhari, virtually all of them were dragged into the presidential office, maintaining that this was unlike the presidency of the United States of America where the president does not emerge by circumstance.
Kukah, who said that the Nigerian society is in ferment, maintained that although Instability, the type that Nigeria faces as a country, is inevitable in any system, however noted that developing mechanisms that will confront the instability is the hallmark of great countries.
Kukah however singled two former Nigerian leaders out of the leadership rot, Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Alhaji Aminu Kano, whom he called “architects of a good society.”
While stating that it is not enough for a people to have the building blocks of a good society alone, Kukah also maintained that Nigeria has not been able to build a good society because the country has not obeyed the rules of design.
While reviewing the lecture, Prof. Kole Omotoso, lauded Kukah for what he called a very profound lecture and said the only point of departure he had was Kukah’s submission that education has the potential to remedy the problems of Nigeria’s existence.
Guests at the occasion included the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi; and Chief Reuben Fasoranti, the chairman of the occasion.