In the new criticisms delivered in his Easter message, Bishop Kukah blamed those in power for the increasing cases of banditry and other crimes
Presidential aide, Garba Shehu has dragged the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah over his 2021 Easter message, saying he did not speak like a man of God for saying Insurgency increased in the country since 2015.
The Bishop in his Easter message said the greatest tragedy of Buhari’s government is the death of empathy, adding that the government’s clay-footed fight against corruption had not moved the needle of transparency forward.
He said Nigeria, being the poverty capital of the world came with its rewards such as banditry, violence, death, sorrow, blood, poverty, misery, and tears.
However, a statement by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu noted that Kukah, the Catholic Archbishop of Sokoto Diocese, had said things that were inexplicable in his Easter message.
According to the presidential aide, it is wrong for Kukah to have stated that ”the Boko Haram terrorism is worse than it was in 2015.”
Shehu expressed the belief that Kukah did not speak like a man of God.
He, therefore, urged well-meaning citizens to continue to support the ongoing efforts by the Buhari administration to secure the country and move it forward.
The statement read in part: “But if you profess to being a man of God, as Father Mathew Hassan Kukah does, ideology should not stand in the way of facts and fairness.
“Father Kukah has said some things that are inexplicable Easter message.
“But, in saying that the Boko Haram terrorism is worse than it was in 2015, he did not speak like a man of God.
“Kukah should go to Borno or Adamawa to ask the citizens there the difference between 2014 and 2021, Shehu said..
Bishop Kukah Easter Message
– The current administration led by President Buhari has come under attack for its handling of Nigeria’s security challenges
– Reflecting on the current realities of Nigeria and its citizens, Kukah, a vocal critic of the current administration, said the country’s troubles are growing by the day
– In the new criticisms delivered in his Easter message, Kukah blamed those in power for the increasing cases of banditry and other crimes
– According to the Catholic bishop, there is a suffocating cloud of gloom hanging in the hot air and the people are wondering, “is their government on AWOL?”
As Christians around the world celebrate Easter, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Bishop Matthew Kukah, has used to opportunity to berate the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
In his 2021 Easter message titled, ‘Before our glory departs’, the cleric said insurgents are consuming the nation under the watch of Buhari, Channels TV reports.
Kukah recalled that Buhari had described Boko Haram as a typical case of small fires causing large fires during his swearing-in as president in 2015.
“Now, before his watch, the fires are consuming the nation, and in many instances, they indeed start small.
“In all, Nigeria’s troubles are growing by the day, but our hands must remain stretched out in supplication.”
Nigerians are helpless
Premium Times reports that the Catholic bishop said what Nigeria is currently going through is a reminder of Israel’s situation that led to the death of Eli, who was a great high priest.
He listed some of the challenges Nigeria is currently facing, which include Boko Haram insurgency, banditry, kidnapping and other violent crimes. According to him, these are sparking fears as to whether “Nigeria’s glory is about to depart”.
“Retired military and intelligence officers lament over what has become of their glorious profession as they watch the humiliation of our military personnel. Traumatised citizens are tortured daily by bandits.”
He said bandits are on a rampage, torturing already traumatised citizens on a daily basis.
“The nation has since become a massive killing field, as both government and the governed look on helplessly.
“A thick and suffocating cloud of desperation, despondency, desolation, gloom, and misery hangs in the hot air. We have no message and have no idea how long this will last. Our people seek solace and protection, but frustration and darkness threaten to drown them. Is their government on AWOL?”
Kukah advises religious leaders
In an earlier report by Ejes Gist, Kukah had called on religious leaders not to grovel before politicians.
The man of God urged them to resist the political class from contaminating their faith. He expressed worry that religion has become a hostage to the political forces.
Nigeria must not break – Bishop Kukah warns
Kukah has warned against the disintegration of the country, urging Nigerians to embrace peace and shun ethnic violence.
He added that nobody stands to gain anything if the country breaks up.
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