Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, has warned politicians against politicizing religion.
The cleric explained that the act of manipulating politics with religion comes with grave consequences as it happened in Germany during the reign of Adolf Hitler.
According to The PUNCH, he stated this in Abuja during the presentation of his new book, “Broken Truth” which was part of activities lined up for his 70th birthday celebration on Wednesday.
He said, “If you look at history, there is a consequence for using religion to manipulate politics. We just need to look at Germany, the consequences are there to see in Hitler.
“The problem is that the Nigerian political elites lack the mental capacity to understand the consequences of the fire they are stoking because there is nothing to suggest that the average person who is living in the North, who is Fulani, who is a Muslim or who is Hausa, can say that they are proud of the Nigerian political system, beyond a very tiny percentage.
“So, if you decide that you want to give privilege to a religion or an ethnic group, what will happen is that others automatically become outsiders.”
He also explained that agitations were ongoing in the country because the citizens were more intelligent than those steering the affairs of the country.