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Nigeria: Kukah Flays Abuse of Power By Politicians

For the country to develop faster, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto State, Rev Fr. Mathew Kukah, Wednesday in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, warned politicians against abuse of power and self enrichment.

Kukah, who delivered sermon at the annual interdenominational thanksgiving service packaged by the Akwa Ibom State government to usher in the New Year, said politicians should see their involvement in governance as a means to deliver service.

"I like to call on you not to see politics as being about self enrichment, but purely as an instrument in the hands of God for good Christians to deliver the services and trust that God has given to them.

"From what I see and what I have heard people say, many of you have reasons of being great but the material prosperity is never the measure of the greatness of a nation. The essence of government and governance is to ensure that the resources that God has given to us are used to give us a good life.

"When we live in a country like Nigeria where too many poor people who know God as our father lived together with the rich then something must be done to redress the situation," the clergy stated.

He frowned at the inequality in the sharing of resources in the country noting that if the available resources were shared equally as the need be, people would not be grumbling in the midst of enough resources.

Hear him: "Although God is our father, the resources, he has placed at our disposals are not being equitably shared the way we want, otherwise, we won't be wallowing in poverty."

The clergy said there must be correlation between the spirit of fairness, justice and peace as lack of peace will lead to lack of justice in the midst of increasing inequality.

Kukah expressed concern with the level of disunity in the county saying the number of request for the creation of more states and local government across the country show that there was no unity in the country.

According to him, a development where people lives together in the same state or local government seeking for another state or council to be carved out for them was a clear indication that there was division among them and they cannot be said to be united.

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