Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom describes as unlucky, the response of the Presidency to the tackle of Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matttew Kukah to the US Congress Committee on International Affairs relating to the wave of insecurity within the nation.
Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Kukah had expressed concern that the Nigerian authorities below President Muhammadu Buhari isn’t dealing with points regarding spiritual disaster the best approach.
The revered cleric stated this at a digital presentation with the US Congress in Washington on the persecution of Christians in Nigeria by Islamic extremist teams within the Northern Area.
Kukah, amongst many different issues, advised the Congress that though the assault on Christians in Nigeria have been occurring for a few years now it has risen within the final 10 years.
Reacting to this in a press release signed by Garba Shehu, a senior particular assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, the Presidency stated it was unlucky and disappointing for residents of Nigeria to bear witness to one in all their churchmen castigating their nation in entrance of representatives of a overseas parliament.
Nevertheless, Ortom in a press release launched by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase stated he stands with Bishop Kukah on the problems he raised.
He urged the Federal Authorities to cease intimidating patriotic Nigerians who’re elevating real issues over the worsening safety and financial scenario within the nation.
Ortom lamented that the nation is practising democracy which has no room for repression and dictatorship including that the nation’s Structure ensures the liberty of speech to all residents, not like a army regime that suppresses the best of the individuals to voice their opinions on challenges dealing with their nation.
He described Bishop Kukah as a Nigerian who’s selfless and speaks his thoughts frankly on nationwide points calling on the federal government to make sure justice, the rule of regulation and fairness for all.
The Governor questioned why the Presidency selected to politicize the views of Bishop Kukah when all the problems he highlighted in his tackle are information in regards to the nation.
“Kukah was proper when he said that nepotism has been elevated above federal character by the current administration.
“Additionally it is true that Christians throughout the nation are targets of elimination and hundreds have already fallen to the sword of jihadist supremacists.
“Nevertheless, Kukah is to not blame for the rating of Nigeria because the eighth least peaceable nation in Africa and the score of killer herdsmen because the 4th deadliest terror group on this planet by the World Terrorism Index.
“I anticipated the Presidency to fairly be nervous that Nigeria is ranked as essentially the most terrorised nation in Africa with a mean of over 2,000 deaths per 12 months on account of terrorism,” he stated.
He additional revealed that Bishop Kukah isn’t the primary Nigerian to handle a overseas viewers on the safety scenario within the nation.
The Governor recalled that in February 2015 President Buhari who was on the time the candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, whereas delivering a speech at Chatham Home in London, said that “Boko Haram has sadly put Nigeria on the terrorism map, killing greater than 13,000 of our nationals.”
“The President went on to announce to the world on that event that aside from the civil battle period, Nigeria had by no means been extra insecure within the nation’s historical past.
“If a person who was searching for to control the nation might reel out such scary statistics, why will his aides now launch media assaults on a priest who is barely advocating peace and is drawing the eye of the worldwide group to the plight of helpless Nigerians,” he added.
He additionally urged the Federal Authorities to arrest and prosecute members of armed Fulani teams for killing harmless Nigerians, the identical approach it effected the arrest of the chief of Indigenous Folks of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, and Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Igboho.
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