The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Rev. Matthew Kukah, on Tuesday, said for the country to turn the tide, it does not require a God fearing leader.
Kukah made this submission on Tuesday at Abuja at the launch of a book written by Dr Todd Moss entitled: “The Shadow List’’ where he bemoaned wholesale corruption in the land saying fighting it required the joint effort of all Nigerians.
He said God fearing has become a cliche used by politicians to win elections in Nigeria.
According to him, “I have said it severally(sic), let Nigerians keep saying they want a God-fearing leader. Nigeria does not need a God-fearing leader, because God-fearing has become an excuse to appeal to Nigerians and win elections.
“Governance in Nigeria is a criminalized enterprise and a criminalized state cannot progress; so we must come to terms as to why it is that this country is in such low portion.
“Fixing this country requires much more than that; national cohesion, holding our country together is the most fundamental project if we are to fix this nation.
“This is what we need because I am aware of how angry and frustrated Nigerians have become, especially in an environment where people are intrinsically not concerned about corruption but about their inability to access.”