Matthew Hassan Kukah, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, has asserted that Nigerian leaders have no blood in their veins.
Bishop Kukah said this in his homily at the funeral of Rev. Fr. Alphahosus Yasshim Bello at Our Lady of Apostles Catholic Church, Independence Way, Kaduna.
Fr. Alphonsus Yashim Bello was kidnapped and murdered by suspected bandits in Katsina on 21st May, 2021.
Both he and Rev Fr Joseph Keke were kidnapped.
According to Kukah, those who govern us are allowing this killing of innocent citizens to take place because they do not care for blood.
“Nowhere else in the world does barbarity and the killing of human lives occur as they do in Nigeria today.
Citizens cannot be slaughtered anywhere in the world without the government showing empathy and concern.
It is hard to understand what civilization looks like when we see thousands of innocent children and adults viciously slaughtered and murdered.
“How did Nigeria get into this tragic situation?”? What they stand for, who they believe in, and where they get their inspiration from is known. There was never a declaration made by the government that the kidnappers were terrorists.
The killers of our people, and those who inspire them, are not ambiguous about why they do so and where they get their inspiration.
Our lives are filled with stories of complicity at the highest level. Christians can only rely on the faithful word of God.
“Can you imagine having a country where people swear with the Qur’an and the Bible that they will safeguard and defend the integrity of Nigerians, and suddenly we are where we are today?”?
In my opinion, the President of Nigeria and the governors of Nigeria should address Nigerians and say, “Fellow Nigerians, I have sworn I will not protect you from foreign invaders, kidnappers, or being killed.”
“‘You are on your own. You are responsible for your own security. Safeguarding you isn’t our highest priority.
“Foreign bandits or anyone else can come at will and kill, loot, rape, kidnap, and murder you at will. You may lose your communities, your homes, your farmlands, and your property to them.
“They can kidnap or kill your children as they please. Your cattle can be rustled by them. If they kidnap your children, wives or husbands, we will consider you criminals if you negotiate for their release.
“We are preparing legislation that could sentence you to 15 years in prison for this heinous crime against your fatherland.””
Therefore, he urged Nigerians to remain steadfast in prayer, believing that God would lead them out of the tragic situation.