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How I paid N30 mln ransom to free some of my Priests, warns Nigerians on 2023 election ~Kukah

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Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah has revealed that he has paid about N30 million as a ransom for the release of his church priests who had been victims of kidnappers in the past.

At a one-day programme tagged: “High-level forum on political communication and issue-based campaign in the 2023 general elections,” Kukah said he was not ashamed to share the information.

“I am the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, I have spent about N30 million the money I don’t have because my priests were kidnapped and I have nowhere to turn to.

“I am not ashamed to say it because these are essential realities. Anyone who wants to become president of Nigeria cannot pretend to stand before me without giving me empirical evidence from his or her record about how they intend to deal with these issues because there is a collective feeling of alienation.

“Here in Abuja, just about a month or so, when the threats came that the bandits will enter into Abuja, everybody went undercover.”

Kukah also advised the politicians to develop the skill to manage diversity that will make every citizen relevant.

He added, “I want to commend the National Assembly for what the action it has taken and the speed with which the Electoral Acts was passed.

“But that’s just the beginning, but there’s a challenge to convince Nigerians that they are voting and electing and choosing their leaders. There’s a crippling fear and the people do not really believe that the laws are changing.”

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The Bishop added, “I have always tried to explain to young people that a wedding is not a marriage; marriage starts after the wedding. What that means in essence is that a campaign is not an election and an election is not good governance.

“There is always a difference between a person who is campaigning and when they become a president, governors, senators, and the rest.

“A campaigner seeks to capture the attention, so he can do everything he has to do to get your trust.

“I tell people that it’s not like politicians are bad people, as those who have won elections will tell you, what they were seeing outside is usually different from when they get in.”

He counselled Nigerians not to queue behind those displaying themselves as messiah, but rather vote for political leaders who truly understand the situation of things.

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