Sokoto Diocese Catholic Bishop Matthew Kukah has said the biggest challenge for the nation now is how to have free, fair and credible elections.

Therefore, he called on Nigerians to work towards an election where votes count.

Kukah had this to say in an interview with the punch.

He said Nigerians needed to look in the mirror and ask themselves if they are better off now than before.

He wondered how many phases of national life Nigerians may want to proudly remember with joy and celebration.

The bishop said: “The people of Morocco, for example, will see how they beat Brazil in the World Cup. It remains for Nigerians to ask how they feel about the years that have passed, but the future is now in our hands.

“Hopefully, and with prayer, we will have another round of elections, and we hope that we will have elections free of violence and manipulation. From what we have heard from INEC, the process is becoming clearer.

“I think the biggest challenge for us now is that we have free, fair and credible elections, and we can live with the results they produce.

“Let’s run first before talking about a repeat.

“We just hope that the elections are free, fair and credible, so that a winner emerges.

“I don’t think we should start talking about the possibility of a replay or whatever because we’re just warming up the system. I think we should assume that we are.”

Kukah also dismissed political permutations that the 2023 election would end in a replay, saying: “Let’s run first before we talk about a replay.”