Those who abused me for saying Buhari has nothing to offer have now proved me right - Kukah

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PostAdabiafra on Fri Oct 28, 2016 9:02 pm

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Hassan Kukah, has said people abused him when he predicted that Buhari might not perform magic, saying that the inability of the President to fix Nigeria’s wobbling economy over a year now after assumption of office has justified his predictions.

The outspoken priest who spoke out on Sunday in Umuahia, Abia State, advised the President to inspire Nigerians into engaging in economic activities that would help revive the economy of the country that is at the verge of collapse. He challenged Buhari to learn from great world leaders who saw opportunities in the challenges of their countries.

He said great leaders excelled because they were able to transform challenges into opportunities, saying: "This is one of the finest moments for us to transform our nation."

Speaking further, he said: "One of our problems in Nigeria is that we lack the imagination, the charisma and the capacity to rouse a crowd. From 1960 till date, have you seen any Nigerian President’s speech you feel like going back to read?."

"When I said what I said, people were abusing me. I didn’t have any need to defend myself in the sense that I know this country a little bit well enough. Suddenly, in less than three months, the same people who were accusing me called me and said, ‘Bishop what did you see at that time that we didn’t see’?

"Now all those who were pretending that they were so fanatical about Buhari, I am the one now telling them to hold on and be patient that the man will gradually get there."

He faulted Buhari’s approach on the war against corruption without corresponding efforts to grow the economy, saying the President is on his own.

"All these talk about fighting corruption, Nigerians are now convinced that Buhari is on his own. But the truth of the matter still remains that all of us believe that we cannot continue this way. The question is who is going to pay what price?"

He, however, said, "It is not only the responsibility of government to fix the economic maladies of the nation but the collective duty of the intellectual class. The redemption of this country does not lie in the hands of politicians."

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