I never called for a coup against Buhari, says Kukah

I never called for a coup against Buhari, says Kukah

Bishop Matthew Kukah and the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.)

THE Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Matthew Hassan Kukah, has denied calling for a coup.

Kukah at a media conference with some journalists at St. Bakhita Secretariat in Sokoto on Monday, urged Nigerians to get the accurate statement rather than relying on lies being peddled about in his name.

The renowned in his Christmas message, titled, ‘A nation in search of vindication’, accused President Buhari of deliberately sacrificing the dreams of Nigerians to institutionalise northern hegemony.

The message drew the ire of the Presidency, Muslim Rights Concern as well as the Coalition of Northern Groups.

But Kukah said his message was based on his love for the country and had no political or ulterior motive.

“It is sad that when you drop something in Nigeria, everybody goes back to their enclave and abandons the larger picture. I am someone who never takes offence or what people say about me.

“What I said was my opinion based on evidence and what has happened in Nigeria and if you look into the records, there are evidence that justify that statement, and if anyone thinks I am wrong, they should come out with superior position.

“It is unfair for a journalist or news medium to report that I call for a coup while I am expressing my personal view about Nigeria,” he noted.

To those calling him to drop his priesthood cassock and join the political fray, the outspoken cleric said if he were to join politics, it would have been during the time of late Aminu Kano and not now.

He added, “Take for instance, brilliant Nigerian youths making comments about Chelsea or Arsenal and have never been to England, does that make them players of such club sides?

“So, why will someone think because Bishop Kukah is speaking, therefore, he is a politician? People who make this argument are totally ignorant of elementary politics and ignorant of the role of a priest.

“The truth is that a lot of us have not seen a priest saying what I am saying. The truth of the matter is, we are all in politics but, party politics for me, No. I am not a member of any political party and I cannot be; if it comes to voting, I do my right.

“I have no problem with Muslims, Christians or any other religion, but what I don’t like is when someone is using religious issue to play politics, it is wrong.”

Nigeria under Buhari, now centre for bloodshed – ECWA church

Meanwhile, the leadership of the Evangelical Church of Winning All Worldwide says there is no denying the fact that Nigeria under the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), is now a centre for bloodshed.

The leadership of the ECWA church in a statement authored by its General Secretary, Rev. Yunusa Nmadu, in Kaduna on Tuesday, insisted that there was nothing new in what Bishop Kukah said.

The statement titled, ‘Bishop Kukah spoke our minds and nothing must happen to him’, read in part, “There is no denying the fact that Nigeria under General Buhari is now a centre of bloodshed. Killings, banditry, kidnappings and all forms of insecurities are now the order of the day.

“We invite the international community and Nigerians to hold General Buhari and his government responsible should anything happen to Bishop Kukah. As a matter of fact, nepotism under General Buhari administration is topnotch.”

Tiv group slams Buhari regime

Also, a group known as Concerned Tiv Ancestry and Elite on Tuesday commended the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Bishop Mathew  Kukah, for his courage to stand strong and bold to say the truth to authority at a time when it was very unfashionable to do so.

In a statement issued and made available to our correspondent in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, the spokesman for the group, Gideon Inyom, said the present regime owed the nation an explanation as to where it was headed, stressing that the nation was actually journeying into darkness.

He added, “We are proud to say that we adopt this homily (of Bishop Kukah)  as a true and objective admonishment to the President and megaphone the contents of this message to be a creed that will cause a change to this menace that has engulfed this nation heading to its doom.”

Kukah criticised Jonathan, Buhari supporters hailed him – PDP Rep

In a related development, a member of the House of Representatives from Kogi State, Mr Teejay Yusuf, recalled how those who now defended Buhari hailed Kukah when he (the Bishop) similarly criticised for President Goodluck Jonathan when he was in power.

Yusuf, who represents Kabba-Bunu/Ijumu Federal Constituency in Kogi State, defended the bishop in a statement issued on Tuesday, titled ‘Ongoing criticism of Bishop Kukah changes nothing!’

The lawmaker said the ongoing “needless” criticism of Kukah’s message on prevalent insecurity and other current ills “reflects a deliberate effort to ignore the message and attack the messenger.”

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