- Governor Samuel Ortom has backed the position of Bishop Mattew Kukah, saying Nigeria is not well
- The Benue state governor warned that attempts by the federal government to "whip into silence" speakers of truth will not take Nigeria to a greater height
- Ortom commended the bishop for speaking the mind of Nigerians, adding that he is not the first person to nail the truth by the edge
Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue state, has backed the position of Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah after the popular clergyman said President Buhari is running the country with bare-faced nepotism.
Speaking on Wednesday, December 30, the Benue governor warned that President Buhari should not allow his apple polishers to give the impression that all is well with the country.
In his reaction to the federal government's response to the clergyman's Chrismas message, Ortom warned against the politicisation of Kukah's statement, adding that it is high time Nigeria embraced the current reality.
According to the governor who is also a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP chieftain, the position of Kukah on Buhari-led administration is true and patriotic, Nigerian Tribune reports.
Ortom, who spoke through his chief press secretary, Terver Akase, described Kukah as a Nigerian who is committed to the unity of the country, adding that the bishop is not the first man to accuse the president of nepotism.
He warned that “whipping into silence, men and women of honour who speak against injustice will not take the country to greater heights."
The governor stated:
“The renowned Bishop is not the first to call on the leadership of the country to strengthen security agencies and be proactive in combating the wave of violence and killings in parts of the country.
"Many other Nigerians have been making the same call on a daily basis. He was not the first to suggest that the President should be the father of all and not of only a section of the country or a particular ethnic group.”
“Even under the worst dictatorships, courageous citizens express their views on issues of national interest. Nigeria which is a democratic nation cannot be an exception."
Earlier, Mathew Kukah came under attack following his criticism of President Buhari, with the Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese warned to desist from action that can “trigger unintended consequences.”
The warning came from the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, in a reaction to Kukah's remark on Buhari's government alleging that the president is running the affairs of the country with barefaced nepotism.
In a statement titled "FG Urges Religious Leaders To Eschew Message of Disharmony", the senior minister stated that it is unbefitting of religious leaders to fan the embers of disunity and hatred.
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