Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Tuesday, advised Nigerians to be cautious in their loyalty for politicians.
According to him, the core political players are not enemies, rather they mislead their faithful through inciting statements.
Kukah was reacting to the trending video where presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Atiku Abubakar, and his All Progressives Congress counterpart, Mr Bola Tinubu, were exchanging banters at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
The duo met when Atiku was on his way to deliver a lecture at the Lagos Business School while Tinubu was going to Jos for his presidential campaign rally.
Kukah, who is the convener of the National Peace Committee, spoke on Channels TV. He said opposition politicians were not ‘really enemies’ but ‘friends jostling for their piece of the national cake’.
He said, “These politicians are struggling and they’ve lived their lives struggling for the national cake which they will distribute amongst themselves. It is therefore in the interest of ordinary Nigerians to know that they have to vote to stay alive.
“Enthusiasts of politicians must understand that these politicians know themselves. We, the ordinary people, must figure out how to manage our passion when it comes to politics. Don’t take seriously the grandstanding of the politicians.
“All the things you see about them abusing themselves or quarreling, you will think they will never shake hands. They are very good friends, and many of them drink from the same pool. So, don’t go and kill yourself for nothing. That is what that message is all about.”