The Nigerian government has replied the Catholic Archbishop of Sokoto, Mathew Kukah over his recent statements on some national issues, accusing the clergy of politicizing the nation’s security challenges and the hijab saga in Kwara State in his 2021 Easter homily.
Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, in a statement sent to African Community News, observed that what Bishop Kukah said are not what a man of God should say during Easter celebration.
Garba Shehu disagreed with Kukah’s position that-”Boko Haram terrorism is worse than it was in 2015,” and expressed the belief that Kukah did not speak like a man of God.
The President’s aide said- “But if you profess to being a man of God, as Father Mathew Hassan Kukah does, ideology should not stand in the way of facts and fairness.
“Father Kukah has said some things that are inexplicable in his Easter message. But, in saying that the Boko Haram terrorism is worse than it was in 2015, he did not speak like a man of God.
“Kukah should go to Borno or Adamawa to ask the citizens there the difference between 2014 and 2021, Shehu said.
He also reacted on the issue of hijab which has pitched Christians and Muslims in Kwara state.
Garba Shehu said- “They are matters that have appeared in several states as far back as the Obasanjo administration. In all of that, when and where did the name of President Buhari feature?
“He (Kukah) is playing partisan politics by dragging the President (Buhari) into it. An administration that has created a whole ministry, for the first time in the country’s history, appropriating enormous resources to it, to deal with issues of internally displaced persons cannot, in all rightfulness be accused of not caring for them.
“’Some of the comments are no more than a sample of the unrestrained rhetoric Fr. Kukah trades in, which he often does in the guise of a homily,’’ Shehu said.