Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Rev. Matthew Hassan Kukah, has said President Muhammadu Buhari has jettisoned corporate goals of Nigerians for the narrow wishes and tendencies of his Northern brethren.
Describing Nigeria as a rudderless country where the citizens travelled in a boat devoid of either captain or crew and without any maps and destination in sight, Kukah said the country seemed to be heading for the rocks under the administration of president Buhari.
He explained government must explain the mystery behind the endless bloodletting in the country occasioned by insecurity.
The Catholic faith leader spoke Friday in his Christmas message titled, ‘A Nation in Search of Vindication.’
The bishop said: “This government owes the nation an explanation as to where it is headed as we seem to journey into darkness. The spilling of blood must be related to a more sinister plot that is beyond our comprehension. Are we going to remain hogtied by these evil men or are they gradually becoming part of a larger plot to seal the fate of our country?
“President Buhari deliberately sacrificed the dreams of those who voted for him for what seemed like a programme to stratify and institutionalise northern hegemony by reducing others in public life to second-class status. He has pursued this self-defeating and alienating policy at the expense of greater national cohesion.
“Every honest Nigerian knows that there is no way any non-northern Muslim President could have done a fraction of what President Buhari has done by his nepotism and got away with it. There would have been a military coup a long time ago or we would have been at war. The President may have concluded that Christians will do nothing and will live with these actions.”
According to him, Buhari’s alleged nepotism and commitment to reinforcing the foundations of northern hegemony had critical consequences, as, according to him, prominent northerners with a conscience had expressed serious concerns, raising inescapable results of the president's nepotism on national unity.
The cleric equally maintain that, in the face of the endless challenges bedeviling Nigeria, the country had become a nation tangled up in desolation with serious multiple implications.
He, however, urged Nigerians not to give up despite the pain, sorrow and uncertainty in the land, encouraging them to pray to God to save the nation.
He added: “Yes, our dreams have been aborted. Yes, our commonwealth has been stolen. Yes, our cancer of corruption has metastasised. Yes, we have been guilty of patricide, fratricide and attempted even suicide. Yes, we are hungry, angry, thirsty and starving.
“Yet, we stand firmly with the unshaken belief that no matter the temptations, the world has known worst times. These may be the worst of times, but for men and women of faith, they could be the best of times. We must stand firm and resolute because, our redeemer liveth (Job 19:25)," Kukah said.
He clarified the recent abduction of Kankara schoolboys in Katsina, as well as the kidnapping of schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State and Dapchi, in Yobe State, had further exposed the dangers children are exposed to in the northern part of the country.
Said he: “The Almajiri is the poster child of the horrible and inhuman conditions of the northern child. It is a best-kept secret that the region refuses to confront but it has now exposed its underbelly. Now, what (is the) next for the children of the North?
“We thank God that the children (Kankara schoolboys) have been returned safely. This is the easy part. The challenge now is how to deal with the scars inflicted by a derelict nation which is still unable or unwilling to protect its citizens. Yes, we commend the federal and state governments for the rescue operation.
“The larger issues now are whether the federal government understands the evil web of intrigues into which Boko Haram has tied it. Will the Federal Government continue to reward and fund Boko Haram by playing its game? How long can this circle of deceit last for, given that every kidnap merely strengthens their arsenal?,” he said.
However, efforts to access the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, for his comments on Kukah's diatribe had been rebuffed.