- Bishop Kukah has said the APC-led government must develop a sense of empathy
- According to him, everywhere you turn Nigerians are complaining that people are dying and the government is not showing concern
- The Catholic priest said allowing the country to break is far more expensive than staying as one
Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, has criticised the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government for lacking empathy.
Kukah said Nigerians are crying about the continuous killings but they are getting the feeling that those governing them do not understand their pain.
The cleric made this known on Saturday, May 1, while speaking virtually at the 2021 edition of The Platform, an annual conference organised by Pastor Poju Oyemade of the Covenant Christian Centre, Lagos.
According to him, where we are now as a country is not even what the greatest enemy of Nigeria could have foreseen.
He said the challenge now is how to get things back on the right track.
On the calls for secession, he said the cost of staying together as a nation is far cheaper than the cost of dividing Nigeria.
Kukah said the All Progressives Congress government led by Buhari was to blame for making the citizens feel alienated from governance through inequality in power distribution at the highest levels.
"Where our country is at the moment requires sobriety. It is not so much a question of trading blames, but we must also remember that it is not enough for us to simply paddle on."
You can watch his full speech below:
Nigerians who listened to his speech had varying opinions. While some hailed him for speaking truth to power, others felt he deviated from the topic of discussion.
"Bishop Kukah seems to be deviating, He is making it more about politics."
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"Bishop Kukah is deviating from the topic of discussion."
@Achopa5 does not agree that staying together is cheaper:
"As much as I like Kukah, this fact is a lie. Staying together is way more expensive, check human lives lost alone. It can never be cheaper remaining in Nigeria. NEVER."
"I can't say what's in my mind about this Kukah fellow... I've never engaged his thought process beyond headlines and new stories of his opinions on national matters... Pastor Poju has forced me to ingest 30minutes of his drivel and I am very upset."
"Bishop Kukah is an institution. All of you attacking him and asking who invited him should just shut up, listen to him with an unbiased mind and learn. He is bigger than your Buhari combined with Osinbajo."
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Kukah attacks Buhari again
The current administration led by President Buhari had earlier come under attack for its handling of Nigeria’s security challenges.
Legit.ng reported that in his 2021 Easter message, Bishop Kukah who is a vocal critic of the current administration, said the country’s troubles are growing by the day.
Kukah said insurgents were consuming the nation under the watch of Buhari, as he blamed those in power for the increasing cases of banditry and other crimes.