ABUJA- Monday 5,April 2021 : The Nigeria Goverenmnet has responded to the Easter message delivered by the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Hassan Kukah.
In his homily on Sunday, April 4, the Catholic cleric said that insecurity, especially terrorism, has degenerated since 2015 President Buhari came into power.
Responding, the Presidency described Kukah';s message as ungodly.
In a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, in Abuja, the Presidency accused Bishop Kukah of playing partisan politics by dragging the President into his Easter Sunday message.
The statement reads, "All citizens have their individual ideologies, even their own versions of truth.
"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 massage.
"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.
"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.
"We urge well-meaning citizens to continue to support the ongoing efforts by the administration to secure the country and move it forward."