FG Helpless on Insecurity, Kukah Tells US

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 FG Helpless on Insecurity, Kukah Tells US
Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

The Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Mathew Kukah, has claimed that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is helpless in surmounting the insecurity challenges bedevilling Nigeria.

The clergy made this known during his address to the United States Congress Commission, noting that the Buhari administration has failed to tackle insecurity which it hinged its campaign on prior to the 2015 general election.

Kukah indicted Buhari for appointing more people of his ethnicity and religion into political office.

His virtual presentation to the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in Washington, DC, US, focused on the persecution of Christians in the North by armed extremist groups.

He alleged that there was a religious undertone to the security challenges in the country.

Kukah said, “The North, even the whole country, is invaded by armed bandits, kidnappers etc, who attack communities at will. The fact that the government seems to be either helpless or uninterested in dealing decisively with these people has added more confusion.

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“The contradiction here is that the President has blatantly pursued nepotistic agenda and policies that show very clearly his preference for men and women of his faith.”

He continued, “For the first time in Nigeria, the people heading the three arms of government – President, Senate President, Speaker and Chief Justice – are all Muslims. These are all fine gentlemen, but that is not the point. The level of rivalry between Christians and Muslims has worsened. This kind of situation has never happened before.”

He told the US Congress Commission that the persecution of Christians in Nigeria, which has been going on for a long time, has risen in the past 10 years.

Kukah said Christian schools are attacked in the North by extremists who convert the girls to wives, sex slaves and spies, while indoctrinating the children.

“The story of Leah Sharibu suggests very clearly that there is, in many instances, a relationship between the conditions in which people find themselves and their faith.

“In 2020, some of our priests in the North were killed. The extremists kidnapped our children and forcefully converted them to Muslims. What is significant here is that we are in a democracy; with weak structures and institutions. These are existential issues. So, we require practical assistance that can help us and our children,” he said.

Source: Punch

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