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The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan Kukah, on Friday warned those ‘turning blind eye’ to the mounting security challenges in the country not to take the patience of the military for granted.

The cleric insisted that there had to be Nigeria before anybody could be president.

He said hate speech and other issues that surrounded the 2015 election were still very much with the country.

Bishop Kukah spoke at a press briefing on the forthcoming pubic lecture: tagged: “How To Make Democracy Work ForAfrica”, organized by The Kukah Centre.

He said Nigerians had been patient and had also witnessed the patience of the military for 18 years.

“We as Nigerians should not take the patience of the military for granted,” he said

He said the overwhelming presence of the military personnel in various parts of the country is a sign that the country is not democratizing.

He said: “I go to Sokoto with my big cross. I don’t feel insecure. A lot of Moslem youths carry my bag, I don’t see them as Moslem youths. The truth of the matter is that our country is in big trouble.”

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