Bishop Kukah Speech 2020 What Bishop Kukah Said – Nigeria Catholic Bishop of the Sokoto Diocese, Hassan Kukah, has turned to public discussion and had made government and some religious leaders angry because of the Christmas message he gave on Christmas day.
The Bishop who also held from the Northern part of Nigeria, commented on the condition of Nigeria especially on insecurity, political and economic situation that is affecting the country including discrimination based on tribe and religion.
The statement that made Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), got provoked saying they want to drag Bishop Kukah to International Criminal Court, and urged the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria to come out come support them.
The CNG threatened to sue the Catholic priest to ICC alleging that the message Bishop Kukah gave on Christmas day is an attempt to scatter the country, stating that it is causing violence through using religious differences.
They also argued that, although they agreed with with Bishop Kukah Statement that the present administration is not working for the benefit of the people, but the Bishop’s statement may lead to killings (genocide) that occured in Rwanda in 1994.
Reacting to the statement from CNG, the Catholic Church in their statement released on Monday said, “they are aware of the 2020 Christmas Message delivered by Bishop Kukah” and that they expected the agents of evil to react in other to tarnish the image Bishop Kukah for saying the simple truth.
“The situation for Nigeria will not allow anybody sit on the fence any more, I-don-care attitude has become greater form of sin now.”
Bishop Kukah Speech 2020 What Bishop Kukah Said
The Christmas message that has circulated all over the internet has highlighted many issues affecting Nigeria, from continuous killing, economy that has collapsed, domestic and community violence, kidnapping to arm robbery.
“The road to grave yards is more busy than the road to farms,” the Bishop said.
The man of God said that for more than ten years now, almost every Christmas is Christians are facing “sorrow and death”. He gave an example of of the bombing that occured at St Theresa Catholic Church, Madalla, Abuja, on Christmas day in 2011.
In Bishop Kukah statement, he also stressed on the kidnapping of school children in the Northern parts of the country. First it was Chibok and Dapchi girls, now it is Kankara school boys.
According to Bishop Kukah statement, all this kidnapping shows the horrible conditions of the children in the North and the dangers they are facing.
Concerning the government, he said if it was the President of another tribe that is indulging into the kind of tribalism that president Buhari is practicing in the country, coup would have happened along time ago.
“President Buhari deliberately sacrificed the dream of people that voted for him, He said it was as if its an official mission to make sure that the North dominates the country by reducing other parts of the country to second class citizens.”
He added the president’s plan has backfired. “Today the Norths are crying the most,” he said. “One by one Imams from north are posting videos of lamentations on social media asking why, with all the cards of power in the hands of northern Muslims, everything are still scattering.
Bishop Kukah Statement also stressed on ENDSARS Protests that happened on October, he said the north pretended as if they don’t care so they refused to joined the protest. Instead elders of the north said Christians wanted to use the protest to overthrown the North.
But after the protest, kidnapping, bandits and killing of innocent people increased in the northern parts of the country.
Responding to Bishop Kukah statement, Federal Government in a statement from the office of the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed saying it is graceless and somehow for any religious leader to use the period of Christmas, that is season of peace, to disrupt national unity with statement of hatred.
Reactions to Bishop Kukah Statement
Bishop Kukah statement and the reactions from the Muslim-dominated Coalition of Northern Groups that said the Bishop’s message is targeting Hausa/Fulani and Muslims has stir reactions on social media.