The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, has decried what he noted as a misuse of power in the name of religion.
“It is only in Nigeria that religion matters in politics; hence, we have seen misuses of power in the name of religion,” he stated at the commissioning of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Guest House in Sokoto State.
He noted religion seemed to have gradually become the citizenship rather than the nationality in Nigeria, adding the misuse of religion had made it a subject of interest in the polity.
The bishop also spoke against amassing unholy wealth, just as he described inefficiency as another word for corruption.
“The Kingdom of God is not built on material blocks; hence, we must be a little restrained in the aggressiveness with which we amass materials if they are of evil roots,” he stressed.
The religious leader who consoled Christians in Nigeria over chains of attacks in their worship places urged them to remain steadfast in their faith irrespective of persecution.
He asserted: “No amount of persecution will push Christianity backwards rather forward.”
In his remark, a former CAN Chair of Sokoto, Rev Ahmadu Mamman, pointed out the need for Christians in Nigeria to be more united.
Earlier, Sokoto State CAN chair, Very Rev Father Nuhu Iliya, said the Guest House belongs to all Christians, not any individual.