Matthew Kukah, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, has stated that Nigeria will not make progress if the leaders exalt nepotism over merit.
Kukah, who is worried that many Nigerians are now acting like orphans in their own country said the failure of vital institutions in the country has caused this.
He therefore called on the Federal Government to step in to remedy the situation.
Kukah was speaking on Monday at the 2017 lecture/award ceremony organised by the Epiphany Azinge Foundation, in Abuja.
“The collapse of the Nigerian image did not happen in isolation. We must measure it against the backdrop of the collapse of some institutions of prestige like the universities.”
The clergyman lamented that Nigerians are no longer willing to make necessary sacrifices that will move the nation forward.
“At the bottom of what I am saying is the need for us to find out why Nigerians disobey rules? Why is it that we are so unnameable to keeping the rules? There must be a reason for this.
“Tribalism is arising because of the inefficiency of the Nigerian system. It is not so much a question of how much sermons we preach, the fact of the matter is that we have outsourced our responsibilities.
“That is why we are at the point that we are now. Nigerians are now behaving like orphans. We have nobody to turn to.”