THE Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Matthew Hassan Kukah, has denied calling for a coup.
Kukah at a media convention with some journalists at St. Bakhita Secretariat in Sokoto on Monday urged Nigerians to get the correct assertion quite than counting on lies being peddled about in his title.
The famed in his Christmas message, titled, ‘A nation searching for vindication’, accused President Buhari of intentionally sacrificing the desires of Nigerians to institutionalise northern hegemony.
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The message drew the ire of the Presidency, Muslim Rights Concern in addition to the Coalition of Northern Teams.
However, Kukah stated his message was based mostly on his love for the nation and had no political or ulterior motive.
“It’s unhappy that once you drop one thing in Nigeria, everyone goes again to their enclave and abandons the bigger image. I’m somebody who by no means takes offence or what folks say about me.
What I stated was my opinion primarily based on proof and what has occurred in Nigeria and in the event you look into the information, there are proof that justify that assertion, and if anybody thinks I’m improper, they need to come out with the superior place.
It’s unfair for a journalist or information medium to report that I name for a coup whereas I’m expressing my private view about Nigeria,” he famous.
To these calling him to drop his priesthood cassock and be a part of the political fray, the outspoken cleric mentioned if he has been to hitch politics, it might have been throughout the time of late Aminu Kano and never now.
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He added, “Take as an illustration, good Nigerian youths making feedback about Chelsea or Arsenal and have by no means been to England, does that make them gamers of such membership sides?
So, why will somebody suppose as a result of Bishop Kukah is talking, due to this fact, he’s a politician? Individuals who make this argument are completely unaware of elementary politics and blind to the function of a priest.
The reality is that a variety of us haven’t seen a priest saying what I’m saying. The reality of the matter is, we’re all in politics, however, get together politics for me, No. I’m not a member of any political occasion and I can’t be; if it involves voting, I do my proper.
“I’ve no drawback with Muslims, Christians or another faith, however, what I don’t like is when somebody is utilizing spiritual situation to play politics, it’s fallacious.”
In the meantime, the management of the Evangelical Church of Successful All Worldwide says there isn’t any denying the truth that Nigeria below the President, Main Common Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), is now a centre for bloodshed.
The management of the ECWA church in an announcement authored by its Basic Secretary, Rev. Yunusa Nmadu, in Kaduna on Tuesday, insisted that there was nothing new in what Bishop Kukah mentioned.
The assertion titled, ‘Bishop Kukah spoke our minds and nothing should occur to him’, learn partially, “There isn’t any denying the truth that Nigeria beneath Common Buhari is now a centre of bloodshed. Killings, banditry, kidnappings and all types of insecurities are actually the order of the day.
“We invite the worldwide neighbourhood and Nigerians to carry Normal Buhari and his authorities accountable ought to something occur to Bishop Kukah. As a matter of reality, nepotism underneath Normal Buhari administration is topnotch.”
Additionally, a bunch referred to as Involved Tiv Ancestry and Elite on Tuesday counselled the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Bishop Mathew Kukah, for his braveness to face robust and daring to say the reality to authority at a time when it was very retro to take action.
In an announcement issued and made obtainable to our correspondent in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, the spokesman for the group, Gideon Inyom, stated the current regime owed the nation evidence as to the place it was headed, stressing that the nation was truly journeying into darkness.
He added, “We’re proud to say that we undertake this homily (of Bishop Kukah) as a real and goal admonishment to the President and megaphone the contents of this message to be a creed that can trigger a change to this menace that has engulfed this nation heading
In an associated improvement, a member of the Home of Representatives from Kogi State, Mr Teejay Yusuf, recalled how those that now defended Buhari hailed Kukah when he (the Bishop) equally criticised for President Goodluck Jonathan when he was in energy.
Yusuf, who represents Kabba-Bunu/Ijumu Federal Constituency in Kogi State, defended the bishop in a press release issued on Tuesday, titled ‘Ongoing criticism of Bishop Kukah modifications nothing!’
The lawmaker mentioned the continuing “unnecessary” criticism of Kukah’s message on prevalent insecurity and different present ills “displays a deliberate effort to disregard the message and assault the messenger.”