No world leader as irresponsible as a Nigerian president –Kukah

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese , Dr Matthew Kukah , on Friday said no president of any country in the world could be as irresponsible in the usage of power as a Nigerian president .

The cleric said among other things, an average Nigerian president emerged out of circumstances and not out of competence or leadership capacity .

Kukah stated this in Akure , the Ondo State capital , while delivering a lecture at the annual Ulefunta /Oyemekun Festival , titled , “ Building blocks for a good society . ”
The event was held at the Francis Idibiye Lecture Hall of the Federal University of Technology , Akure , a statement said .

Kukah noted the structure of the Nigerian presidential office made its holders extremely powerful , so much that he could deploy power the way he wanted.
He said , “ No president in the world has the kind of power the Nigerian president has and as such , no president in the world can be as irresponsible as the Nigerian president .

“ His power is so much that he can give an oil bloc to his girlfriend and many others . Thus , you can’ t be a man of honour and live in a country like Nigeria and not be angry. ”

The cleric said from the first Nigerian Prime Minister , Alhaji Tafawa Balewa, to President Muhammadu Buhari , virtually all Nigerian presidents were dragged into the office , unlike the presidency of some countries like the United States , where the president does not emerge by sheer circumstances .

He asked, “ What is the problem ? It is the dilemma of leadership . In America, there are basic expectations of what a president should be . For instance , he must have gone through Harvard as an institution , he must have language and track records, not even wealth . You can’t surprise the system.

“ Here in Nigeria , a local government area chairman wants to be the governor ; the governor wants to be the president and the president doesn ’t want to go ! Many states have two ex - governors representing them at the National Assembly . Governors have control and monopoly of resources of their states and they use the same resources to oppress the people . ”

Kukah , however , singled two former Nigerian leaders out of the leadership rot, namely Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Alhaji Aminu Kano , whom he described as the “ architects of a good society . ”
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