Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah on Tuesday advised President Muhammadu Buhari to review some of his policies that were not working well in spite of his good intention.
Kukah who spoke with news men in Sokoto on the occasion of his 40th anniversary of ordination as a priest and four years as a Bishop said the literal absence of government owing to ineffective policies is the reason everybody in Nigeria is running a parallel government.
He said there could have been no alternative to the option since Nigerian leaders could not provide them with their basic needs.
Specifically, Kukah said when government could not provide its citizens their needs, they must opt for other alternative platforms.
The Bishop said there were few places in Nigeria where drinking water was provided by the government and fewer people have their children in public schools.
He added that many people now have their own sources of electricity.
“So parallel government means exploitation, the absence of government and the inability to render services.
“That is why when they say Shiites are running a parallel government. I said everybody in Nigeria is running a parallel government because there are no roads to many communities,” he stated.
He added: “No community with good roads, water and electricity in Nigeria without having a big person speak on their behalf. And this is why we can’t fight corruption in Nigeria.”
The bishop therefore, urged leaders to always understand the needs of their people before providing them.
He said the current recession in the country was as a result of maladministration and corruption.
The Bishop also ruled out contesting for any political office, saying it was like asking a graduate to take admission into a nursery school.
On the recent John Kerry visit, he said he could not comment on it as he was away during the visit.
He said that rather than celebrating achievement in his 40 years of ordination, he was celebrating those people who had contributed to what he had gone through and what he had become, appreciating being citizen of Nigeria.