Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of SSokoto, Bishop Matthew Kukah

The Bishop of Sokoto Diocese of the Catholic Church, Mathew Kukah, has described Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State as a “diaspora governor.”

Speaking at a colloquium, the cleric said that Northern Nigeria must drastically change.

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He said: “You talk about the governor relinquishing his position. That is a governor in diaspora. I am opposed to state police. Can a Christian join Hisbah (sharia police). Northern Nigeria has to drastically change.

“One of the greatest tragedy has been, we call it leadership, where it is even more disastrous because all the leaders – I call them office holders hardly qualify in every sense of the word. You can’t be a leader without the text, you can’t be a leader without a philosophy.

“People followed Sardauna for a reason, they followed Aminu Kano for a reason. This is the only country that from independence till date we have not had anybody with clear evidence that they sat down, thought through, analysed the problems of Nigeria and put themselves forward to solve the problems of Nigeria.”