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29 Oct Written by  Ignatius Okoh

Nigeria Lacks Culture of Succession- Bishop Kukah

The Bishop of Sokoto Diocese and social critic, Rev. Mathew Hassan Kukah has attributed the problems inherent in the electoral process to lack of culture of succession.

Speaking at the Civil Society Situation Room Forum organized by Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre today in Abuja, Kukah said that Nigeria as a nation has not undergone a transition of any surgical quality that would have enabled the engine of democracy to move with any appreciable speed.

He further stated that with political office being the domain of patronage and privilege, "we are caught in the predicament of men and women in the fortified city where, those inside cannot get out and those outside cannot enter.

"It is this convoluted logic that produces the violence and the humiliating culture of accumulation and theft in the land".

Kukah further maintained that: "we cannot assume that credible elections are so merely because elections monitors have said so. Credibility of electoral process is clearly a combination of factors."

He named them to include the rules of engagement,the extent to which the actors understand the rules and are ready to play by them, the institutions and those who manage them including the observers must have a common spelling of credibility.

INEC chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega who also made presentation at the event assured that INEC is ready and prepared to conduct a hitch-free elections in 2015.

Jega also allayed the fears that election might not hold in three states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, adding that INEC is collaborating with security agencies to ensure safety of electoral equipments and personal.

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