The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Hassan Kukah, has preached against corruption, saying keeping mute over corruption is a definition of corruption.
Speaking at the 45 years celebration of priesthood and 10 years as Bishop in Sokoto on Sunday, he said his calling is not to serve the President, politicians, or the bigwigs.
He said: “I did not promise to serve the President, governor, any politician, businessman or individual but preach the gospel with fidelity and constancy. Nothing I have accomplished as a result of myself. Were it not for the Catholic Church, I would have been nothing. I would not have been a priest. Constantly remind yourself that everything about you is God’s gift.
“Keeping silence in the face of injustice is corruption. The things I keep saying are not for any government, I was saying it before this government came and I will continue to say the same even after this government.
“We must passionately and deliberately fix this country. It is not by accident that we are here today; we must fix this country together. Human greed gives birth to all the problems in the world. Human beings cause all the evil in the world.
“If we look at how the world is broken today, we must all ask ourselves, what are our individual contributions to the broken world? You must have contributed by not necessarily joining the fight but your refusal to live a life that is sufficiently regulated by the spirit as the spirit illuminates the darkness.
“Religion is not going to fix Nigeria; politics will not fix our country like those in power in Nigeria are not any different from the colonial masters. They have the same mentality as they continue to steal the resources which is our collective patrimony and hide the same abroad.
“Nigerians should be faithful to the word of God and have confidence in the country. The situation we are in today is not about whether Christian is the President or not. We must ask ourselves why the decay in the system? And the simple answer is because we are not doing what God asked us to do as Christians.”