In reaction to some strong revelations made about the state of the Nation by Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese and very vocal cleric, Matthew Kukah, the Presidency has frowned at him for coming so hard on the Government.
Rev. Kukah has in his Easter message described Nigeria as a killing field, adding that the deplorable state of the nation’s security system has left both leaders and citizens of the nation helpless.
The Christian cleric who is mostly celebrated for his stern words of honesty also expressed dissatisfaction over the government attitude of spending a fortune on the rehabilitation of “repentant” boko haram sect members.
However, Kukah’s message of criticism did not seat well with the presidency as Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has accused the cleric of not yielding fruits of his faith, saying Kukah did not speak like a man of God.
In a statement released by Shehu, he dared the clergy man to visit the North East and see if there hasn’t been some level of change in the security architecture of the area.
In his words: “All citizens have their ideologies, even their versions of the truth. But if you profess to be a man of God, as Father Mathew Hassan Kukah does, ideology should not stand in the way of facts and fairness.
Father Kukah has said some things that are inexplicable in his Easter message. But, 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.”
The Presidential aide accused the Rev. Kukah of being lopsided in his resolve, adding that some part of his Easter message was simply politically inspired.
According to him: “He is playing partisan politics by dragging the President into it. For the first time in the country’s history, an administration that has created a whole ministry, appropriating enormous resources to it, to deal with issues of internally displaced persons cannot, in all rightfulness, be accused of not caring for them.
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 sermon. We urge well-meaning citizens to continue to support the ongoing efforts by the administration to secure the country and move it forward.”
Rev. Kukah’s Easter message has continued to spark up a lot of reactions from Nigerians both home and abroad, as many Nigerians have welcomed the cleric’s dogged nature in tackling the Presidency at all times.