- Bishop Kukah has spoken about the reactions trailing his criticism of President Buhari
- The cleric explains why his comments against the president should not be misinterpreted
- The religious leader raises concerns over the state of insecurity in the country
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The bishop of Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Reverend Matthew Hassan Kukah, has justified his Christmas message where he accused President Muhammadu Buhari of nepotism.
Kukah told reporters on Monday, December 28, that he does not have any ill feelings towards Buhari, but is unhappy with the way governance is currently being done, The Tribune reported.
The cleric said he was not bothered over various reactions trailing his Christmas message.
He stated that his criticism of the president was based on the standards of what is right and wrong and not because of any personal issue.
“Let me be clear, I don’t have a problem with President Buhari. I am unhappy with the way governance is being done. I don’t have to like the president and the president doesn’t have to like me as well.
“This is our country and we have to make it great. If my brother were the chairman of a local government, will that stop me from telling him what he does not do right?"
According to This Day, the bishop pointed out that his major concern is how to stop the killings and attacks that have been occurring in the country in the last few years.
He stated that he has no problem with Muslims, Christians or any other religion, pointing out that the problems he spoke against affect all Nigerians.
The religious leader said:
“To make it more interesting, a retired General from the North-West who is a Muslim has also released a statement on his handle to say all what I said is true."
Meanwhile, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has accused the federal government and the president of Muslims Rights Concern, Professor Ishaq Akintola, of twisting Bishop Mathew Kukah’s statement against the Muhammadu Buhari-led government.
The northern chapter of CAN said the cleric never made any statement attacking Islam or calling for a coup, Vanguard reports.
The Christian body said the focus of Bishop Kukah's message was to condemn the widespread insecurity in the country, saying he never attacked Islam or called for a coup.
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