Bishop Kukah And His Brand of Politics: Towards Nigeria Finding Its Soul By Fr Enwerem

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By Rev. Fr. Iheanyi Enwerem, O.P.
FILE PHOTO: (R-L) President Muhammadu Buhari and Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah
Who in the Nigerian political and ecclesiastical circles would not know the then Fr. and now Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah? Lately, he has been in the news. But this should not be news, given that he is often in the news; what is really news is not just the controversial visit he and his team of National Peace Committee paid to President Muhammadu Buhari but also the view the committee expressed to the President in the course of their meeting with him.
Of specific note is the committee’s position on the President’s handling of the long over-due war against corruption in the country. In a recent interview with one John L. Allen, Jr – an American journalist and former Vatican correspondence for the well-known US-based National Catholic Reporter (NCR) – Bishop Kukah was reported to have expressed the wish for the “progress” Nigeria must make, in his words, to “find its soul” (cf. http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2015/08/24).
He expatiated the rationale behind their visit to President Buhari with specific reference to the President’s fight against corruption. In the course of that interview, Kukah inadvertently presents his vision or style of ecclesiastical political engagement in the murky waters of Nigerian politics. Many Nigerians are yet to see through this vision to really understand the interest it truly represents, especially given that these Nigerians have come to accept it uncritically as the correct approach to politics by the Catholic Church in Nigeria. In other words, Kukah presents us the kind of politics, he believes, will bring about the anticipated progress in the country’s search for meaningful socio-political change for “its soul.”
I wish to join Kukah in this search and hopefully lay bare Kukah’s kind of politics for what I …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper