A member of the National Peace Committee, Rev Matthew Kukah, has advocated that ministers of President Muhammadu Buhari to declare their assets publicly as the president and his vice did.
The Bishop, Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, stated this when he delivered his lecture titled, “Hysteria, euphoria and amnesia: Nigeria’s long walk to freedom,” at the yearly organized event, “The Platform”.
“Buhari has an opportunity now. I don’t think many of you have been to Buhari’s house in Kaduna but I have been there and I know what it looks like. You heard about his declaration of assets. He must, therefore, make minimum demands of moral conduct and probity from his ministers. As Nigerians, we must ask ourselves what drives corruption.
“Corrupt people are not necessarily bad people. A lot of them are not bad people because they do a lot of good things. But we live in a country where too many good people are doing too many bad things.”
Kukah added, “For me, if you are a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, your children must have their education in Nigeria. That will be good.”
While Kukah said Nigeria had failed to develop because the country had continued to make the same mistakes.
“If you take the worst Nigerian President and Americans are patient enough to vote for him and he rules America for 20 years, he will not be able to steal up to $50,000 no matter how long he rules because of the kind of system that operates there.
“But if you take a British Prime Minister or American President and make him the President of Nigeria, the moment he wants to set up an anti-corruption agency, he will have to bribe the National Assembly.”
Kukah said the proliferation of churches or mosques in a country did not necessary imply that the nation would have a high moral standard or development.