Months after ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo and the former Kaduna State Governor, Lt.-Col Abubakar Umar, blasted President Muhammadu Buhari over nepotism, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, the Rev. Matthew Kukah, said his nepotistic agenda was distasteful.
Kukah said such acts of nepotism could have plunged the country into a coup if not that Buhari is a Northern muslim.
“He has pursued this self-defeating and alienating policy at the expense of greater national cohesion.
“Every honest Nigerian knows that there is no way any non-Northern Muslim President could have done a fraction of what President Buhari has done by his nepotism and gotten away with it,” he said in a Christmas message entitled, ‘’A Nation in Search of Vindication”.
According to him, Buhari deliberately sacrificed the dreams of those who voted for him to what seemed like a programme to stratify and institutionalise northern hegemony.
Kukah said: “There would have been a military coup a long time ago or we would have been at war. The President may have concluded that Christians will do nothing and will live with these actions.
“He may be right and we Christians cannot feel sorry that we have no pool of violence to draw from or threaten our country.
“However, God does not sleep. We can see from the inexplicable dilemma of his North.
“This government owes the nation an explanation as to where it is headed as we seem to journey into darkness.
“The spilling of this blood must be related to a more sinister plot that is beyond our comprehension. Are we going to remain hogtied by these evil men or are they gradually becoming part of a larger plot to seal the fate of our country?”
￼On the poor condition of children and youths in the North, Kukah also writes: “The Almajiri is the poster child of the horrible and inhuman conditions of the northern child.
“It is a best-kept secret that the region refuses to confront but it has now exposed its underbelly. Now, what (is the) next for the children of the North?”
On the over 300 Kankara schoolboys in Kastina State that abducted and rescued by the military, Kukah said: “We thank God that the children (Kankara schoolboys) have been returned safely. This is the easy part.
“The challenge now is how to deal with the scars inflicted by a derelict nation which is still unable or unwilling to protect its citizens.
“Yes, we commend the federal and state governments for the rescue operation.
“The larger issues now are whether the federal government understands the evil web of intrigues into which Boko Haram has tied it.
“Will the Federal Government continue to reward and fund Boko Haram by playing its game? How long can this circle of deceit last for, given that every kidnap merely strengthens their arsenal?”