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Kukah to US: Nigeria’s insecurity is worsened by Buhari’s nepotism, indecisiveness

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The insecurity in Nigeria is exacerbated, according to the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese Matthew Kukah, by President Muhammadu Buhari’s nepotism and indecisiveness in dealing with and prosecuting perpetrators.

Kukah said this during a virtual address to the United States Congress Commission on Thursday, according to The Punch.

He claimed that Buhari’s administration had failed to solve the insecurity that had been at the center of his 2015 election campaign.

Kukah also accused Buhari of pursuing an agenda and policies that favor members of his tribe and faith while disregarding the country’s federal character principles as written in the 1999 Constitution.

“The North, even the whole country, is invaded by armed bandits, kidnappers, among others, who attack communities at will. The fact that the government seems to be either helpless or uninterested in dealing decisively with these people has added more confusion,” he said.

“The contradiction here is that the President has blatantly pursued nepotistic agenda and policies that show very clearly his preference for men and women of his faith.

“For the first time in Nigeria, the people heading the three arms of government – President, Senate President, Speaker and Chief Justice – are all Muslims. These are all fine gentlemen, but that is not the point. The level of rivalry between Christians and Muslims has worsened. This kind of situation has never happened before.”

Kukah told the commission that the persecution of Christians in Nigeria had escalated in the last ten years, with extremists attacking Christian institutions in the north, converting girls to spouses, sex slaves, and spies while indoctrinating them.

“The story of Leah Sharibu suggests very clearly that there is, in many instances, a relationship between the conditions in which people find themselves and their faith,” he said.

“In 2020, some of our priests in the North were killed. The extremists kidnapped our children and forcefully converted them to Muslims. What is significant here is that we are in a democracy; with weak structures and institutions. These are existential issues. So, we require practical assistance that can help us and our children.”

The president launched a ferocious attack on the preacher in April after he made similar claims to his thronging supporters in Sokoto during his Easter sermon.

In response to the raging instability in sections of the country, Kukah expressed concern that Nigeria has devolved into a killing field.

He bemoaned the government’s and citizens’ helplessness in the face of persistent occurrences of banditry, kidnapping, terrorism, and armed robbery across the country.

He said there was now widespread concern in Nigeria that the country’s greatness was about to vanish owing to the killings by the Boko Haram terrorist group, kidnappers, and other “death merchants.”

He blamed the fatalities in the country on President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration’s lack of empathy.

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