Kukah Not Planning Coup Against Buhari, Speaks for the Voiceless – Onaiyekan

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Kukah Not Planning Coup Against Buhari, Speaks for the Voiceless – Onaiyekan
Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

His Eminence John Cardinal Onaiyekan, the Emeritus Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, has said that the Bishop of Sokoto, Most Rev. Mathew Kukah has no intentions to plot a coup against President Muhammadu Buhari but speaks for so many who do not have a voice.

The Presidency has described Bishop Kukah’s criticism of Buhari’s administration as ungodly, indicting him of playing partisan politics in his Easter message.

However, Onaiyekan while speaking as a guest on AIT’s breakfast show, Kakaaki, monitored by Vanguard in Abuja, expressed the belief that legitimate religious leaders had a role to play in politics, which included advancing the course of the masses and speaking truth to power in the name of God.

He said, “With all due respect to whoever is speaking for the Presidency, he has a wrong idea of politics. Maybe, for him, politics has been just a game they play in the middle of the night. “If you understand politics as to how you organise and manage the community for the common good, we are all supposed to be politicians.

“Does that mean that whenever we (religious leaders) tell the truth and work to make our country better, we should shut up because we are playing politics? No, we refuse. We will continue to talk.

“In the whole project of nation-building and good governance, people have different roles to play. The role of Mr President is, of course, the most important in terms of organising everything. The role of religious leaders, if you are a genuine one, should be to be able to speak in the name of God.

“So, let no one stop Kukah and other religious leaders from speaking from their hearts. They cannot force you (the government) anyways.

“Kukah is not preparing a coup against Buhari. He is only concerned about the people he sees every day. Kukah is speaking for so many who do not have a voice. What we expected from the Presidency was to hear what Kukah had to say and take the issues one-by-one; maybe give explanations, if there is a need for such, and hopefully consider considering his message in its plans.”

This post was written by Obiajulu Joel Nwolu.

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