“For the first time in Nigeria the people heading three arms of government; the President, Senate President Speaker, and Chief Justice are all Muslims. These are all fine gentlemen, but that is not the point. The level of between Christians and Muslims has been exacerbated. This kind of situation has never happened before. What is significant here is that we are in a democracy; with weak structures, and institutions. These are existential issues. So, we require practical assistance that can help us and our children-Bishop Kukah
By Francis Okoro, July 14, 2021
Again, the fiery Catholic Archbishop of Sokoto Diocese , Most Revd (Dr) Matthew Hassan Kukah, has restated his position earlier today during his virtual presentation to the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in Washington, DC, when he spoke on the suffering of Christians caused by suspected Fulani herdsmen, Islamic radicals and bandits especially in the Northern part of Nigeria, saying that President Muhammadu Buhari’s led Federal government have since lost control of handling the situation, and stated however, that Mr. President’s promise to tackle insecurity is now a mirage, thereby leading to many agitations for the country’s break up. “With what has happened and what is happening, one is tempted to suspect religious undertones” he said
Meanwhile, Vanguard Newspaper was quoted to have reported that Kukah ,in his testimony before the US Congress Commission, claimed religious violence against Christians in Nigeria was a recurring experience of many years, but the spate of the attacks has risen steadily in the last 10 years by extremists, targeting mostly Christian schools in the North, “indoctrinate the children and end up converting the girls to wives, cooks, spies, sexual slaves and so on. Parts of his presentation read:
“The story of Leah Sharibu suggests very clearly that there is, in many instances, a relationship between the conditions in which people find themselves and the faith they believe in.”
According to Bishop Kukah, “Last year, 2020, some of our Priests in the North were killed. The extremists kidnapped our children and forcefully converted them to Muslims.
“We have issued statements and called the attention of the government to our plight. We have also reached out to let the government know that we are willing to cooperate towards the greatness of our country.”
“The North, even the whole country is invaded by armed bandits, kidnappers, etc who attack communities at will. The fact that the government seems to be either helpless or uninterested in dealing decisively with these people has added more confusion. And the contradiction here is that the President has blatantly pursued nepotistic and policies that show very clearly his preferences for men and women of his faith.”
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