Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Rev. Matthew Hassan Kukah has pointed out that distortion of nationhood was the main problem confronting Nigeria as a country.
Kukah said getting it right in the education sector would serve as a basis for transformation of values and a positive generational change capable of launching Nigeria into the league of the most developed nations of the world.
The Bishop made the remarks while delivering the third convocation lecture of the Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, ABUAD, yesterday titled ‘Education and Leadership Recruitment for a Plural Society: A Case of Nigeria,’ which was chaired by the former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, and was
attended by the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, Alhaji Ado Ibrahim.
According to him, Nigeria must learn to manage her diversity and maximise it for the purpose of meeting its goals for sustainable development and fulfil the dream of its founding fathers.
He described education as “too serious a business to leave in the hands of trained educationists.”
The Catholic Bishop canvassed support for the anti-corruption crusade of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said fighting corruption could only guarantee a stable nation when it is complemented by entrenchment and protection of social justice and the rule of law.
Kukah stressed that corruption, poor leadership, nepotism, tribalism,
sectarian crisis, armed robbery and other ills confronting Nigeria could be traced to the fundamental problem of distortion of nationhood, as he condemned a situation in which merit, competence and ability to deliver were no longer the yardsticks to be considered to determine the suitability of candidates for admission, jobs and leadership positions.
He commended ABUAD founder, Afe Babalola, for bequeathing a university that now ranks as one of the best in the country.


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