The current bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan Kukah has given hint on the type of leaders, particularly the person that should be elected as the next president of Nigeria in 2023.
Kukah, made this known during an interview on Arise TV on Friday.
According to Kukah, it is important for Nigerians to stop voting based on ethnic, religious, or political sentiments but rather vote based on capabilities.
He insisted that though the frontline candidates are individually qualified to lead the country, it was also important for Nigerians to see through them and choose their candidate wisely.
The cleric said, “The era of rhetorics must be put behind Nigerians and that the electorates must sieve and interrogate the presidential candidates on their ideology, plans and governance style before making their choice.”
He said it was important “for the political actors, particularly the presidential candidates to listen to the young people, understand their frustrations, and align their agenda toward assuaging their grievances.”
“The passion that drove people in 2015 has dissipated. The people have understood they were lied to and we have all seen the consequences of religious manipulations.
“The young people have become aware of this and they are asking the right questions. I encourage the politicians to go to the nooks and crannies of Nigerians to sell their convictions.
“The energy in this coming election is tremendous and I am excited about the energy of the young people and their attention to the country’s election.
“I believe that Nigerians are energised and they have a choice to make. But we must ensure we see through the candidates and choose right to get the desired outcome.”