Nigerian government reacts to Bishop Kukah’s comments against President Buhari

Nigerian government reacts to Bishop Kukah’s comments against President Buhari

Catholic News Agency

The Federal Government says it is impolite and impious for any religious leader to use the Christmas period, which is a season of peace, to fan the embers of hatred, sectarian strife and national disunity.

In a statement released in Lagos on Saturday, Information and Culture Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed warned religious leaders that resorting to scorched earth rhetoric at this time could trigger unintended consequences.

The statement was made available to journalists by According Adeyemi, Special Assistant to the President (Media), Office of the Minister of Information and Culture.

The minister said that while religious leaders have a responsibility to speak the truth to power, that truth should not come wrapped in anger, hatred, disunity and religious disharmony.

“Calling for a violent overthrow of a democratically elected government, no matter how covert that call is, and calling a particular religion violent is not what any religious leader should do, and certainly not in a season of peace,” he said. said.

Mohammed stressed that instigating regime change outside of the polls is not only unconstitutional but also an open call for anarchy.

He said that while some religious leaders, being human, may not be able to disguise their national leadership preference, they should refrain from stigmatizing the leader they have never supported using long-held and disproved accusations of nepotism.

The minister said that any challenges that Nigeria may be going through right now can only be addressed when all leaders and indeed all Nigerians come together.

He said those challenges cannot be addressed “when some people arrogantly engage in name calling and finger pointing.”

Recall that the bishop of the Catholic diocese of Sokoto, the Reverend Matthew Kukah, in his 2020 Christmas Message, had alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari presides over a country with prospects for a failed state.

The clergyman maintained that “there is no way that a Muslim president other than the North could have done a fraction of what President Buhari has done with his nepotism and get away with it.

“There would have been a military coup a long time ago or we would have been at war.”

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