Nigerian business magnate and politician Ben Murray-Bruce has offered to bring together Bishop Mathew Kukah and President Buhari in the interest of Nigeria for a better understanding of each other. This gesture is coming days after Bishop Kukah delivered a Christmas message on the state of the nation which seems not to have gone down too well with some Nigerians including government officials. Who had warned him to desist from action that can “trigger unintended consequences.”
Ben Murray Bruce however, said in his recent tweet today that he is a catholic, and so is Bishop Kukah. The religious faith in Nigeria is vital to our co-existence and must be seen as such.
I, therefore, offer myself to bring together Bishop Kukah and President Buhari in the interest of Nigeria for a better understanding of each other.
Recall that the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Rev. Matthew Kukah during his Christmas day message accused President Muhammadu Buhari of deliberately sacrificing the dreams of Nigerians to institutionalise northern hegemony.
He maintained that under Buhari’s government, Nigeria appears to be heading for darkness with the citizens travelling in a rudderless ship without any destination in sight. Kukah further said that Buhari’s alleged nepotism and commitment to reinforce northern hegemony had dire implications.
In a related development, the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN), on Monday in a press release made available to journalists in Abuja, said it stood by Bishop Matthew Kukah’s Christmas Day message wherein he claimed that Nigeria was on the verge of becoming a failed state.
The National Director of CSN’s Social Communication, Fr. Mike Umoh, raised the alarm over the incessant attacks on the Bishop by those alleging he sought to instigate violence and hinder national integration with his message. Umoh, however, maintained that with the prolonged security and economic challenges facing the country, the Catholic Church in Nigeria stood by Kukah’s position on the state of the nation.
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