The Presidency says the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah, is playing partisan politics with the Church.
Presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu said this in reaction to Kukah’s statement on Sunday when he accused Nigerian leaders of fuelling terrorism and banditry by paying more attention to rehabilitating bandits and kidnappers than the victims.
He also alleges that insecurity especially terrorism has degenerated since 2015 President Buhari came into power.
But Shehu in a statement described Kukah’s criticism as “ungodly”. The statement said “All citizens have their individual ideologies, even their own versions of the truth. But if you profess to be 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.
“Furthermore, the Hijab issue in Kwara State, on which he dwelt, is a state matter which the courts of the land have adjudicated.
“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 is playing partisan politics by dragging the President into it.”