Kukah Urges Police To Obey Rules Of Engagement
CATHOLIC Bishop of Sokoto, Bishop Hassan Kukah has appealed to the Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba to call his men to order and to ensure that they comply to the rules of engagement before, during and after the forthcoming general elections.
At a forum organised by the Caritas Foundation of Nigeria at the weekend in Abuja, Kukah noted that there are citizens that are feeling thoroughly intimidated, stressing that this can threaten the process we are in.
The cleric observed that security agents must know that they are not being deployed to go and do the bidding of any government in power but to ensure the security of lives and property.
He said, “Security agencies needs to be very alert and also to appreciate that without Nigerians, there can be no democracy. We are grateful to God that we have signed up for democracy, but we need to work to sustain this democracy.”
He noted that elections are violent in Nigeria because we have so many unresolved issues; these are issues that institutions would have resolved.
According to him, “What you see now in this democracy is a reality of what happens when you foist democracy on a country that have the kind of resources that Nigeria have, which is the reason the system is characterised by certain attitude of banditry, looting. If you want to be the President of Somalia, it has challenges, but the problem with the Nigerian situation is that there are lots of money to be stolen and that no matter how you steal, there will still enough left over. We are on a journey and we are maturing everyday. We will make mistakes, but the mistakes of yesterday are the building blocks of tomorrow, we shouldn’t feel despondent, we have to figure out how to manage our grievances.”
Kukah urged that key actors in the forthcoming elections to explain to their supporters the need to appreciate the fact that we need to have a country and that only the living can enjoy the benefits of democracy.
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