The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah, has stated that the Federal Government is powerless to address Nigeria’s security challenges.
This was revealed in Kukah’s address to the United States Congress Commission, during which he revealed that the current administration has failed to address insecurity, as promised before taking office in 2015.
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), is accused by the bishop of appointing more people of his ethnicity and religion to political positions.
His virtual presentation to the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in Washington, DC, focused on armed extremist groups’ persecution of Christians in the North.
He claimed that the country’s security challenges had a religious undertone.
“The North, and even the entire country, is infiltrated by armed bandits, kidnappers, and other criminals who attack communities at will,” he claims. The government’s apparent inability or unwillingness to deal decisively with these individuals has added to the confusion.
“The contradiction here is that the President has blatantly pursued nepotistic agenda and policies that show very clearly his preference for men and women of his faith.”
He continued, “For the first time in Nigeria, the people heading the three arms of government – President, Senate President, Speaker and Chief Justice – are all Muslims. These are all fine gentlemen, but that is not the point. The level of rivalry between Christians and Muslims has worsened. This kind of situation has never happened before.”
He told the US Congress Commission that the persecution of Christians in Nigeria has increased in the last ten years, despite the fact that it has been going on for a long time.
Extremists attack Christian schools in the North, according to Kukah, who convert the girls into wives, sex slaves, and spies while indoctrinating the children.
he said, “The story of Leah Sharibu suggests very clearly that there is, in many instances, a relationship between the conditions in which people find themselves and their faith.
“In 2020, some of our priests in the North were killed. The extremists kidnapped our children and forcefully converted them to Muslims. What is significant here is that we are in a democracy; with weak structures and institutions. These are existential issues. So, we require practical assistance that can help us and our children”.