Election petitions: Kukah urges Judiciary to do justice
In his Easter message, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Mathew Kukah, has called on the incoming Nigerian government to prioritize citizens’ safety. He also urged the judiciary to deliver justice in post-election petitions before tribunals. The cleric stated that the judiciary holds the future of the country and should strive to rebuild citizens’ trust by interpreting the spirit of the country’s laws. Kukah criticized the political class for invading the judiciary and creating tension and pressure that threaten its reputation. Insecurity remains a pressing issue in Nigeria, and the cleric urged the president-elect to tackle it, as infrastructure and dividends of democracy are not as urgent as keeping Nigerians alive. Kukah also expressed concern over the nation’s current state of hate, questioning how Nigerians failed to see it coming and highlighting the need for reconciliation and Christian love. He further stated that violence occurs not because Nigerians do not love themselves, but because the politicians do not love and respect the people. Citizens struggle to use their votes to choose those they can trust, but the violent insist on taking power by means they know best, he added.