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  • Updated: April 13, 2024

Kukah to Nigerians: Use power for positive impact

Kukah to Nigerians: Use power for positive impact

Bishop Mathew Kukah, the Archbishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, has urged Nigerians to utilize their positions of authority and influence to make a positive impact on society. 

Speaking at the 2nd Annual Impact and Legacy Lecture in Abuja, hosted by the CLEEN Foundation in honor of its late founder, Innocent Chukwuma, Bishop Kukah emphasized the importance of changing negative narratives, leading purposeful lives, and leaving behind enduring legacies. 

The CLEEN Foundation is renowned for its efforts in promoting public safety, security, and accessible justice through empirical research, legislative advocacy, and publications.

He said, “I begin this lecture by telling you about people like Pope John Paul, Malala Yousafzai, Martin Luther King and a host of others who have used powers positively. I used this to illustrate the choices that people have made in life and how they have used powers in their hands, either for good or bad. The late Innocent took up a passionate commitment and we must continue to push the frontiers that brought greatness to Nigeria.’’

The bishop said that memorials were only for those who make impacts.

He urged everyone with ideas on curbing crimes and enhancing policing to strive to make an impact irrespective of age and location for the betterment of the country.

In his contribution, Chairman, Police Service Commission, Solomon Arase, said the whole idea of community and intelligence policing could be attributed to the efforts of the late Chukwuma.

According to him, it was through Chukwuma’s efforts that the trends and patterns of crime and its terminology were introduced into Nigeria’s policing vocabulary.

“Intelligence policing in Nigeria can be attributed to the late Innocent Chukwuma because most people may not know about this and how this whole thing came about. The efforts of this man brought people from the metropolitan police and conveyed about 500 police officers from Nigeria to study what they were doing in the United States.

“His efforts and those of Prof Etannibi Alemika, Kemi and the MacArthur Foundation also brought into Nigeria one of the best police officers in the world who started talking about community partnership in deepening internal security management. The man Innocent Chukwuma has left things that are imperishable and should be sustained,” he said.

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