The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah has revealed that he spent about N30million when his priests were kidnapped.
Bishop Kukah made the revelation while speaking at a one-day “High-level forum in Abuja.
He added that “the Nigeria that we have today is not the Nigeria that many of us can recognise and the country must be re-imagined in 2023.”
“When we talk about 2023 elections, we need to talk about how we will get ourselves out of all of these.
“The questions that the ordinary Nigerians are asking are legitimate and it is the responsibility of those who govern to deal frontally with the issues.
“We need to re-image and re-imagine Nigeria because the Nigeria that we have today is not the Nigeria that many of us can recognise.
Kukah added that his relatives are in hands of the kidnappers and he does not know how it’s going to end.
“Before coming here, I was speaking with my brother, because two days ago, my nephew, his mother, and the driver were on their way to Abuja when they ran into the hands of kidnappers.
“My brother’s wife had an amputation some three months ago and they were bringing her to Abuja, so when the kidnappers saw the stomp on her leg, they had mercy on her and let her go.
“Right now, as we speak, my nephew and the driver of the vehicle are currently in the hands of the kidnappers, how it’s going to end I don’t know.
He also said that anyone that wants to become president in 2023 must give him empirical evidence from his or her record about how they intend to deal with the current issues affecting this country.
“Then they said they wanted N50million, they then said they wanted N20million, now they are staying on N30million.”
“I am the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, I have spent about N30million of the money I don’t have because my priests were kidnapped and I have nowhere to turn to.
“I am not ashamed to say it because these are essential realities. Anyone who wants to become president of Nigeria cannot pretend to stand before me without giving me empirical evidence from his or her record about how they intend to deal with these issues because there is a collective feeling of alienation.
“Here in Abuja, just about a month or so ago, when the threats came that the bandits will enter into Abuja, everybody went undercover,” Kukah said.