President Muhammadu Buhari has accused the Bishop of Sokoto Roman Catholic Diocese, Mathew Hassan Kukah, of playing politics with the state of the nation.
The revered cleric had in his Easter homily lamented that the country had turned to a killing field under the watch of President Buhari.
President Buhari has however pushed back, saying he had nothing to do with some of the problems the Bishop accused him of.
In a statement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, the President said the Bishop lied when he said insecurity has gotten worse under President Buhari from what he met in 2015.
The President’s statement read in full:
“All citizens have their individual ideologies, even their own versions of truth.
But if you profess to being a man of God, as Father Mathew Hassan Kukah does, ideology should not stand in the way of facts and fairness.
Father Kukah has said some things that are inexplicable in his Easter massage.
But, in saying that the Boko Haram terrorism is worse than it was in 2015, he did not speak like a man of God. Kukah should go to Borno or Adamawa to ask the citizens there the difference between 2014 and 2021. Furthermore, the Hijab issue in Kwara State on which he dwelt is a state matter which the courts of the land have adjudicated. They are matters that have appeared in several states as far back as the Obasanjo administration. In all of that, when and where did the name of President Buhari feature?
He is playing partisan politics by dragging the President into it.
An administration that has created a whole Ministry, for the first time in the country’s history, appropriating enormous resources to it, to deal with issues of internally displaced persons cannot, in all rightfulness be accused of not caring for them.
Some of the comments are no more than a sample of the unrestrained rhetoric Fr. Kukah trades in, which he often does in the guise of a homily.
We urge well-meaning citizens to continue to support the ongoing efforts by the administration to secure the country and move it forward.”