Bishop Kukah Opens Up, Speaks on His Personal Conversation With Buhari's Top Aide After Attack on Presidency

Bishop Kukah Opens Up, Speaks on His Personal Conversation With Buhari's Top Aide After Attack on Presidency

  • The war of words between the presidency and the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese does not seem to be ending soon
  • This is because Bishop Mathew Kukah has said that his job is to criticise those in authority to the benefit of the masses
  • According to the cleric, he met with Femi Adesina, presidential spokesperson at the Presidential Villa where they had a one-on-one conversation

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Kukah, has revealed his discussion with the special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Femi Adesina.

Speaking on Channels Television's Politics Today, Kukah said he has always been frank with people in power.

Bishop Mathew Kukah, Femi Adesina, Muhammadu Buhari
Bishop Mathew Kukah said his job is to criticise the government. Photo: Guardian, The Punch
Source: UGC

The cleric's interview comes days after he accused President Buhari's administration of nepotism and failure in fulfilling his campaign promises to the

In response to the cleric, Adesina said Bishop Kukah failed in his responsibility as a morale authority.

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However, after a visit to the Presidential Villa, Kukah said he had a short conversation with Adesina.

His words:

“I always tell people that frankly, I don’t worry about criticism because I consider myself as an academic. I never take offense when somebody doesn’t agree with me.
“Femi has got a job to do, he is actually being paid to do the job. I got my own job. But there is nothing personal about it. I read a lot of their criticisms; they don’t bother me because some of them are meant to move away from the things I had said."

Further speaking, the cleric said he read Adesina's statement and does not think there is a need for a response.

He added:

“I read his statement; I didn’t think there is any reason for me to respond to what they have to say. And I remember the last time I was in the Villa, Femi said to me rather jokingly ‘Bishop you are always criticizing my government; so you have come today.
"I told him I was criticizing government before you came and I will criticize government when you are gone.”

War of words: Femi Adesina sends strong reply to Kukah over his comment on Buhari’s administration

The special adviser to the president on media and publicity replied to Bishop Kukah's Christmas message.

Femi Adesina in his weekly column noted that President Muhammadu Buhari met Nigeria at its worse state when he emerged as the nation's leader in 2015.

The president's aide noted that although Buhari's job for the nation is not fully done it is still a work in progress.

Bishop Kukah attacks Buhari, APC over same faith ticket

Kukah attacked Buhari several times on his policies and inability to tackle corruption.

In August, the popular cleric took a swipe at President Buhari and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), for assenting to the Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket for the 2023 elections.

He noted that the same faith ticket move shows the insensitivity of the APC-led administration.


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