Bishop Kukah: Nigerians Are Dissatisfied With Election Results; Justice Appears Impossible


According to Matthew Kukah, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Nigerians are dissatisfied with the outcome of the 2023 election and believe that justice has escaped them.

Kukah depicted Nigerians in a statement on Sunday as men and women returning from a burial with mournful expressions.

The cleric criticized the post-election violence, saying it could not be accepted as the new path to power.

“Nigerians are so collectively frustrated that it’s almost impossible to persuade them that justice can be found,” Kukah added.

“Nigerians today appear forlorn, disconsolate, lugubrious, and despondent everywhere you turn.” Our confidence has vanished. We appear to be men and women coming from a funeral, expressing unhappiness in low tones. It is hardly strange, then, that even the victorious are sounding a muffled trumpet.

“As unpleasant as it may sound, the blood they have shed could be seen as the blood of a new Nigeria’s birth.” It can become the blood of our new birth, our redemption. We cannot, however, accept that violence and bloodshed are the norm. Because, like Abel’s blood, the blood of those who have been killed continues to scream to heaven for justice (Gen. 4:10).”

The bishop expressed sympathy for unhappy citizens and encouraged them not to give up their search for justice, but rather to match their wishes with the celebration of Easter.

“Though we are tempted by the drudgery of fatigue and despondency, like the apostles in the Garden of Gethsemane, we should be prepared to wait in patience for an hour or more (Mt. 26:40),” Kukah stated.

“Our dream is only in suspense, a scribble in the book of our unfinished greatness.” Consider this a detour, a diversion. We still have our road map in our possession. It’s time to go back on the highway and take the road less traveled, the road of hard work, sacrifice, devotion, and hope. Yesterday’s ugliness must not define us. We must complete this journey together. We will not back down, slow down, or give up.

“The resurrection is a promise that, despite appearances, God’s plans cannot be thwarted.” Those who position themselves with stones at night to protect the tomb’s entrance will be surprised to see an empty tomb at dawn. A new Nigeria will rise from the ruins of our apparent powerlessness.”

Speaking to disgruntled Nigerians, Kukah urged them not to express their rage through violence, but rather to channel it into a drive to seek justice.

“Yes, we’re all angry, and we’re all looking for justice.” Yes, we have the right and the obligation to feel angry. But, who is angry, who is angry with whom, and who is seeking justice? ‘He who is not angry when there is a valid basis for anger is immoral, for anger looks to the good of justice,’ declared St. Thomas Aquinas, renowned as the angelic doctor of the church. If you can tolerate injustice without being angry, you are both immoral and unfair,” Kukah stated.

“As a result, the most pressing task before us is to restore the dignity of the Nigerian nation and its citizens.” For far too long, Nigerians have been battered by the rain and sun of injustice.”

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