Very vocal Nigerian cleric, Matthew Kukah, has yet again thrown jabs at the Presidency over the surge in insecurity currently rampaging the country.
The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah, while delivering his Easter sermon today April, 4, 2021 linked the current happenings in the country to the popular bible story of what transpired in Israel that led to the death of the a priest named Eli.
Adding that Nigeria has become an unsafe den for unlawful killings, leaving both the leaders of the Nation and those being led almost helpless.
“When kidnapped or killed, victims and their families are left to their wits. They cry alone, bury their loved ones alone. And our government expects us to be patriotic? The victims of violence need empathy, which the dictionary defines as the ability to understand and share the feelings of the other. A critical deficit of empathy on the side of the government makes healing almost impossible for the victims. We have not heard anything about a rehabilitation programme for the thousands of schoolchildren who have been victims of abduction.
“We seem to assume that their return to their schools is sufficient. Left unaddressed, the traumatic effect of their horrors will haunt them for a long time. Tomorrow’s parents, military generals, top security men and women, governors, senators, and ministers will come from today’s pool of traumatised children. The security quandary is the greatest indictment of this government,”
He also recalled Mr Buhari’s statement at his swearing-in on May 29, 2015, highlighting the failure to meet up with expectations.
Kukah decried the terrible state of the country’s security architecture of today, according to him, some retired security personnels are rather disappointed at the state of things.
Taunted by Boko Haram, ravaged by bandits, kidnappers, armed robbers, and other merchants of death across the nation, there is collective fear as to whether Nigeria’s glory is about to depart! Retired military and intelligence officers lament over what has become of their glorious profession as they watch the humiliation of our military personnel. Traumatised citizens are tortured daily by bandits.
“A thick and suffocating cloud of desperation, despondency, desolation, gloom, and misery hangs in the hot air. We have no message and have no idea how long this will last. Our people seek solace and protection, but frustration and darkness threaten to drown them. Is their government on AWOL?
“The very survival of the nation is at stake. The nation is pulling apart. Widespread serious insecurity for long unaddressed has left the sad and dangerous impressions that those who have assumed the duty and authority to secure the nation are either unable, or worse, unwilling to take up the responsibilities to their office. Patience is running out. Sadly, all of these warnings are still falling on deaf ears.
Kukah condemned in plain terms, the act by the presidency to rehabilitate “repentant “members of the dreaded boko haram sect, saying same people once waged a war against the very existence of peace and stability of the Nation.
“Mysteriously, the government is investing billions of naira in rehabilitating so-called Boko Haram repentant members and their other partners in crime in the belief that they want to turn a new leaf. These criminals have waged war against their country, murdered thousands of citizens, destroyed infrastructure and rendered entire families permanently displaced and dislocated. Why should rehabilitating the perpetrator be more important than bringing succour to the victims?
It will be recalled that Kukah became an internet sensation at some point when he made a comment about the presidency saying if the Present level of nepotism that had transpired under the Buhari-led administration
Had happened under the leadership of a non-Muslim President, there might have been a coup, however, Kukah has gone to continuously speak up on the ills of the Presidency at all times.