The Catholic bishop of Sokoto diocese, Matthew Kukah, has said that only the use of bomb differentiates the federal government of Nigeria from Boko Haram insurgents.
According to PUNCH, Kukah made the statement on Tuesday while speaking with Catholic Charity Aid to the Church in Need, in the UK.
In his reaction to the recent beheading of 10 persons suspected to be Christians by extremists in Nigeria, the bishop accused the Nigerian government of using different methods to achieve the same goal of “Islamic dominance like Boko Haram.”
He said this while reacting to the recent beheading of 10 persons suspected to be Christians by extremists in Nigeria.
He further said that the federal government had failed to tackle Boko Haram insurgency and has instead created room for the group to operate as it is doing currently.
“The only difference between the government and Boko Haram is (that) Boko Haram is holding a bomb,” Kukah was quoted as saying.
“They are using the levers of power to secure the supremacy of Islam, which then gives more weight to the idea that it can be achieved by violence. With the situation in Nigeria, it is hard to see the moral basis they have to defeat Boko Haram.
“They have created the conditions to make it possible for Boko Haram to behave the way they are behaving.”
Kukah said if those in authority do not do enough to integrate Christians, “then they give oxygen to Islamism.”
“If they have countries where everybody is Muslim in power, then you give vent to the idea that Islam should be supreme,” he added.