A former Secretary of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kaduna State Chapter, Rev. Yunusa Sabo Nmadu (Jnr.) has said the attempt by any group or agency of government to arrest or harm the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, would be resisted.
Kukah in a Christmas message last week said the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s policies had worsened the country’s socio-economic and political conditions.
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He argued that the administration had failed to address the deteriorating insecurity nepotism and general poverty in Nigeria, which he said was gradually turning the country into a failed state.
Rev. Nmadu (Jnr.) who is the current General Secretary of Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) in a statement on Tuesday said the federal government should take steps towards addressing those concerns raised by Kukah, rather than allegedly sponsoring fake groups to attack the clergy.
He said it was worrisome that some “uncharitable groups” in the North were calling for the arrest of a man who he said spoke the minds of millions of Nigerians, adding, “They must be joking.”
He said, “There is nothing new about what Bishop Kukah said. The Bishop has spoken our minds, and we will resist any attempt by any group or agency of government to harm him. Enough of this intimidation.
“This style of governance to silent dissent voices by the Major General Muhammadu Buhari led administration is unacceptable and must be resisted.
“We invite the international community and Nigerians to hold General Buhari and his government responsible should anything happen to Bishop Kukah.”
“As a matter of fact, Nepotism under General Buhari administration is topnotch. This administration has a first class in nepotism and maladministration.
“There is no denying the fact that Nigeria under General Buhari is now a centre of bloodshed. Killings, banditry, kidnappings and all forms of insecurities are now order of the day.
“The President should face the job for which he swore to. Mr. President, fulfill your campaign promises, secure the country and make life better for all of us.
“The earlier this administration take steps to addressing these genuine concerns and stop living in denial, the better for them and the country.
“This country belongs to all of us. And No section of this country should be made superior than the other. We are bonafide citizens with equal rights. Enough of this shenanigans,” he added.