Independence Day speech: “Nigeria decomposing from within”, Bishop Kukah attacks Buhari again

Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan Kukah, has drawn attention once again to the perilous state of Nigeria, declaring that the nation is decomposing from within.

Bishop Kukah, who spoke in a sermon on September 23, at the ‘Priestly Ordination of Five Deacons’, which was held at the Holy Family Cathedral, said, “Nigeria is a broken country. It is decomposing from within. Our heart is broken and lives are hemorrhaging by the day”.

The church made available the text of the sermon to coincide with Nigeria’s 61st anniversary as an independent country.

Kukah wondered why the Buhari government has refused to release the names of Boko Haram sponsors.

The priest noted that the country and people have become so traumatised and sedated by horrible news, that have now become comfortable in “this swamp of evil”.

Just as he declared Nigeria broken, Kukah said the people are also broken, while urging priests to offer a clearer path for the nation, ensuring that “Even when the Lord sleeps, He is awake and that the boat will not sink. We only need to banish our fears and trust in Him.

“Let us reaffirm our commitment to the fact that, as the holy book says, There is a time for everything under the sun. A time for corona and a time for ending corona.

“A time for kidnapping and a time for stopping kidnapping. A time for living and a time for dying. It is for a time like this that the priesthood was instituted.

“We must encourage our people to return to the silent sacredness of the Blessed Sacrament and avoid the BetNaija mentality that believes that everything simply depends on magic and luck.

“Faith is not based on luck. It is, as the Catechism says, “a gift of God which enables us to believe”, he emphasised.

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