…anyone who professes to be a man of God like Kukah, should not stand in the way of facts and fairness.
The presidency has expressed its displeasure to the Easter Sunday comments made by the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Mathew Kukah saying he did not speak like a man of God.
The revered Bishop had in his Easter message on Sunday, described Nigeria as a killing field owing to the activities of bandits, Boko Haram insurgents and other criminal elements that have plunged the entire nation into hardship.
He regretted that bandits, terrorists, kidnappers and other criminal elements have made Nigeria a killing arena.
He pointed out that President Muhammadu Buhari is now ‘helpless’ over the security situation in the country after he had made a mockery of it in 2015.
The Bishop recalled that President Buhari had in 2015 described Boko Haram insurgents as a typical case of small fires causing large fires.
He stressed that the fire is now consuming under his watch.
According to Kukah in a message titled ‘Nigeria: Before our glory departs’, President Muhammadu has become helpless despite condemning insecurity before he assumed power.
His views generated divergent reactions but did not go well with the federal government.
Reacting, presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, in a statement Sunday night agreed that citizens have their individual ideologies and versions of the truth.
Garba said anyone who professes to be a man of God like Kukah, should not stand in the way of facts and fairness.
“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”, he noted.
On the Hijab issue in Kwara State, Shehu insisted the courts have adjudicated on the matter.
The official said Kukah is “playing partisan politics” by dragging Buhari into issues that date back to the Olusegun Obasanjo administration.
Shehu said the Buhari administration created a whole Ministry, for the first time in history, to take care of internally displaced persons.
“Some of the comments are no more than a sample of the unrestrained rhetoric Fr. Kukah trades in, which he often does in the guise of a homily,” he stated.
The presidency urged Nigerians to continue to support the efforts by the government to secure the country and move it forward.