Bishop Kukah extols Gov. Obiano, makes case for `noble’ politics

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Awka – The Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Rev. Matthew Kukah, has commended Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra for his numerous efforts to speed up the development of the state in the past 18 months.
Kukah who spoke on Tuesday in Awka during a courtesy visit on Obiano, applauded the giant strides of the governor, and urged him not to relent.
“We are witnesses to the efforts you have made to serve your people; we ask God to bless you and stay with you and to help you keep Anambra safe,” Kukah said.
He also to politicians to make politics a `cleaner engagement’ in order to motivate the younger generations to emulate their footsteps.
“Politicians must strive to make politics noble.
“When people get a chance to serve, my prayer and hope is that people coming after them would learn from them because politics has become a career,’’ he said.
He condemned what he described as a visible disconnection between Nigerian leaders and their followers.
He called for the provision of an enabling environment to prepare youths for leadership positions in the future.
The bishop urged Nigerians who have the opportunity to serve their country to be mindful of the importance of their offices and to set a good example in public conduct.
In his speech, Obiano extolled Kukah, for his rare courage, fearlessness and commitment to the cause of the common man.
He said that the bishop motivated him to speak his mind on burning issues with honesty and fearlessness.
“I commend your courage in the way you present your views on Nigeria and your ability to speak without fear.
“Sometimes, we fear that your speeches may land you in trouble, but because you speak the truth, you always speak without fear or favour,” he said.
Obiano commended Kukah for his willingness to offer wise counsel to pubic office holders, urging them to see governance as a call to duty.
He praised the bishop for his dedication, honesty and commitment to the spread of the word of God.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Chief Tony Nnacheta described Kukah as a scholar, towering intellectual giant, and a “bishop without border’’.
According to him, Kukah has been involved not only in the religious and political activities in the Northern Nigeria, but also in the making of Nigeria for over 20 years. (NAN)

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