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Kukah Laments Voters’ Apathy In Osun

Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto and Convener of the National Peace Committee (NPC) Matthew Hassan Kukah has decried the electorate’s lack of interest in taking part in the election ahead of the Osun State governorship vote set for this Saturday.

In Osogbo, Osun State, on Wednesday, during the signing of a peace agreement by political parties and candidates ahead of the state’s governorship election on Saturday, Kukah made this call.

The preacher claimed that the political class’ hardship and annoyance of ordinary Nigerians was the primary reason for the general lack of enthusiasm for exercising their rights.

He lamented Nigeria’s excessive monetization, which includes the pricey sale of nomination forms and is turning it into a democracy where only the wealthy participate.

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Kukah added that when elected officials and politicians stopped ignoring the voters who supported them, the problem of rising voter indifference might be remedied.

The clergyman bemoaned the recent closures of universities brought on by the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ strike action (ASUU). He said that inaction among college students was unacceptable and detrimental to democracy.

Kukah said: “We are not unaware of the fact that as one of the campaign slogans says, “you want to win from top to bottom”, but the experience of ordinary Nigerians is that after winning from top to bottom, it is the top that seems to benefit, and this speaks to the need and urgency of political actors to begin to focus on ensuring a much broader spectrum of opportunities available for our people.

“The persistence of violence in Nigeria is directly correlated to the tragic situations around which our people find themselves. The bottom of Nigeria is characterised by ordinary people who make up over 90 per cent of the population.

“Our lives, today, are characterised by hunger. People are angry. People are dying. People are sick. Children are out of school. University students in Nigeria can, as well, be classified as out-of-school children. This is unacceptable, especially as I said that these things are happening in a democracy.”

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Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto and Convener of the National Peace Committee (NPC) Matthew Hassan Kukah has decried the electorate’s lack of interest in taking part in the election ahead of the Osun State governorship vote set for this Saturday.

In Osogbo, Osun State, on Wednesday, during the signing of a peace agreement by political parties and candidates ahead of the state’s governorship election on Saturday, Kukah made this call.

The preacher claimed that the political class’ hardship and annoyance of ordinary Nigerians was the primary reason for the general lack of enthusiasm for exercising their rights.

He lamented Nigeria’s excessive monetization, which includes the pricey sale of nomination forms and is turning it into a democracy where only the wealthy participate.

READ MORE: Vote Leaders With Conscience, Peter Obi Tell Nigerians

Kukah added that when elected officials and politicians stopped ignoring the voters who supported them, the problem of rising voter indifference might be remedied.

The clergyman bemoaned the recent closures of universities brought on by the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ strike action (ASUU). He said that inaction among college students was unacceptable and detrimental to democracy.

Kukah said: “We are not unaware of the fact that as one of the campaign slogans says, “you want to win from top to bottom”, but the experience of ordinary Nigerians is that after winning from top to bottom, it is the top that seems to benefit, and this speaks to the need and urgency of political actors to begin to focus on ensuring a much broader spectrum of opportunities available for our people.

“The persistence of violence in Nigeria is directly correlated to the tragic situations around which our people find themselves. The bottom of Nigeria is characterised by ordinary people who make up over 90 per cent of the population.

“Our lives, today, are characterised by hunger. People are angry. People are dying. People are sick. Children are out of school. University students in Nigeria can, as well, be classified as out-of-school children. This is unacceptable, especially as I said that these things are happening in a democracy.”

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