Catholic Bishop Matthew Kukah of Sokoto Diocese told the United States Congress Commission that President Muhammadu Buhari’s government is helpless.
Kukah said the current administration hasn’t been able to address the security challenges as promised before taking power in 2015.
In the run-up to the 2015 elections, Buhari made the fight against insecurity one of his major campaign promises.
He said Nigerians are yet to see any tangible steps towards tackling insecurity during his virtual presentation to the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in Washington, DC.
In addition, he accused Buhari of deliberately appointing more people of his ethnicity and faith into political offices.
The North, even the whole country, has been invaded by armed bandits, kidnappers, etc. who attack communities at will. The fact that the government seems either helpless or uninterested in dealing decisively with these people has added to the confusion.
“The contradiction here is that the President has blatantly pursued nepotistic agendas and policies that demonstrate very clearly his preference for men and women of his faith.
“For the first time in Nigeria, the heads of the three branches of government – the President, Senate President, Speaker, and Chief Justice – are all Muslims. All of these gentlemen are fine, but that is not the point. Christian-Muslim rivalry has gotten worse. A situation like this has never occurred before.
Leah Sharibu’s story suggests very clearly that there can be a relationship between circumstances in which people find themselves and their faith.
“Some of our priests were killed in the North in 2020. Our children were kidnapped and converted to Islam by extremists. In this case, we are in a democracy with weak structures and institutions. We are dealing with existential issues here. “We need practical assistance that can help us and our children,” he said.
The presidency has yet to respond to Kukah’s latest comments.
Malam Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, had accused Kukah of playing partisan politics in response to his critical remarks in April.
Kukah claimed then that Boko Haram’s crisis had worsened under Buhari.
In his Easter massage, Father Kukah said some things that are inexplicable. However, he did not speak like a man of God when he said that Boko Haram terrorism was worse than it was in 2015. Shehu had said Kukah should visit Borno or Adamawa and ask the citizens there what the difference between 2014 and 2021 is.