- The fearless critic and clergyman, Bishop Kukah, has berated Nigerians as security worsens in the country
- Kukah said the political leaders, from the president to the governors, should tell Nigerians they can't guarantee their security anymore
- The cleric made this known at the burial of a prominent Kaduna pastor who was kidnapped and murdered by suspected bandits
Kaduna, Kaduna state - Matthew Hassan Kukah, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, has lambasted Nigerian leaders over the growing insecurity in the country, saying they have no blood in their hearts.
Bishop Kukah said this in his homily at the burial of late Rev Fr. Alphosus Yasshim Bello at Our Lady of Apostles Catholic Church, Independence Way, Kaduna, Daily Trust reported.
Legit.ng gathers Fr. Bello was kidnapped and murdered by suspected bandits on Friday, May 21, in Katsina. He was kidnapped alongside Rev Fr Joseph Keke.
Kukah was quoted to have said:
“Those who govern us are allowing this killing of citizens in their innocency because they have no blood in their hearts.
“There is nowhere in the whole world where barbarity and killings of human lives as being manifested in Nigeria of today.
“There is nowhere citizens can be slaughtered in the whole world without the government showing empathy and concern."
The clergyman wondered why the Nigerian government has not considered declaring kidnappers as terrorist group.
“How did Nigeria come to this tragic situation? We know who they are, who they believed in and where their inspiration comes from. The government have never declared the kidnappers to be a terrorists group."
Also reporting the incident, The Punch quoted Bishop Kukah as saying that President Muhammadu Buhari and all the governors should address Nigerians and tell them that they can no longer protect them from the "foreign invaders" and kidnappers.
The cleric urged Nigerians to remain steadfast in prayer, saying that God will lead them out of the tragic situation.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Bishop Kukah criticised the Buhari-led government for lacking empathy.
The cleric 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.