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Alleged killing, persecution of Christians: Presidency responds to Bishop Kukah’s claims to US

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The Presidency has responded to latest claims in opposition to the Buhari administration by Bishop Matthew Kukah earlier than the U.S Parliament.

Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Kukah had expressed the concern that the Nigerian authorities below President Muhammadu Buhari isn’t dealing with points regarding non secular disaster the fitting means.

The revered cleric mentioned 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 of Nigeria.

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 mentioned it’s unlucky, and disappointing, for residents of Nigeria to bear witness to considered one of their Churchmen castigating their nation in entrance of representatives of a international parliament.

“We’re all too accustomed to these abroad political excursions that opposition politicians take – visiting international leaders and legislators in america, United Kingdom and Europe. So, the argument goes, if they’re heard critically overseas, then Nigerian residents again dwelling ought to absolutely hearken to them too,” the assertion added.

“However as a way to be heard in any respect, and to maximise media protection again dwelling for his or her actions, inevitably these visits contain portray the worst doable image of our nation earlier than their chosen international viewers.

“Quickly sufficient we inescapably hear an similar record of racist tropes in opposition to northerners, how one faith dominates governance above all others, how the federal government is doing nothing to deal with herder-farmer disturbances, and the way the federal government spends cash on infrastructure to learn everybody however the group and faith of the speaker. After all, so as to not disappoint their western viewers, no matter truth, the record is all the time the same-and all the time slanted for whoever needs to cross-check.

“Nigerians anticipate this from their unimaginative opposition – however it’s troubling when a so-called man of the Church copies the worst excesses of these searching for private development in public workplace.

“Solely this authorities has put ahead the primary and singular plan in almost a century to deal with herder-farmer challenges – a truth recognised by worldwide NGOs, together with the Worldwide Disaster Group. To declare to a international viewers that this authorities does nothing is an unimaginable falsehood.

“To recommend that funding in infrastructure between Nigeria and Niger is wasteful and biased – when an analogous infrastructure undertaking between Lagos and Benin has revolutionised the 2 neighbouring economies to the benefit of each our nations – is kind of disturbing.

“There isn’t any bias on this authorities when the president is northern and Muslim, the vice chairman southern and Christian, and the cupboard equally balanced between the 2 religions. However neither is there something in our Structure to state that political posts have to be apportioned in accordance with ethnicity or religion. It takes a warped mind set for a critic to consider ethnicity is of major significance in public appointments. It’s but extra troubling to listen to a Churchman isolating one group for criticism purely on ethnic traces.

“With due respect to the esteemed place he holds, the Bishop’s assertion that solely Christian faculties are being focused by bandits or terrorists isn’t supported by the info on the bottom. It’s unhappy to say but additionally true that victims of crime, kidnapping, banditry and terrorism minimize throughout all strata of the society.

“Unhappy however true that Kankara college students in Katsina State have been stolen by bandits of the identical Islamic religion as these they took away. The identical could also be true of those that are nonetheless holding the 134 college students of the Islamic College at Tegina in Niger State.

“The nation witnessed the unhappy incident of the feminine college students kidnapped by bandits at Jangebe in Zamfara State and the over 100 predominantly Muslim college students of the Federal Authorities Ladies Faculty Birnin Yauri in Kebbi State who’re presently in captivity- and the nation’s safety businesses are onerous at work to launch them unhurt.

“The assault on Christian college students is unhappy and unacceptable; so is also the kidnapping of scholars of different faiths. The declare that solely Christian faculties are being focused is completely unfaithful.

“As a nation and a individuals, we should collectively outline evil as evil. We should not permit our non secular variations to divide us. Nobody features however the evildoers after we divide our ranks in accordance with ethnicity and faith in confronting them. The bandit, kidnapper and terrorist are the enemies of the individuals who needs to be confronted in unison.

“To be clear, The Bible is definitive on issues of ethnicity and racialism: In Romans 2:9-10, it says: ‘There shall be hassle and misery for each human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; however glory, honour and peace for everybody who does good’; And in Galatians 3:28: ‘There may be neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, neither is there female and male, for you might be all one in Christ Jesus.’ Whether or not Christian or Muslim, we stand by these beliefs and are steadfastly dedicated to them in governance.

“There isn’t any place in mainstream civil discourse for individuals who actively, negatively, and publicly label a person ethnic group, particularly earlier than a international viewers. These usually are not the views expressed or opinions held by the overwhelming majority of the residents of Nigeria. For all our challenges as a nation, almost all of us search to reside collectively in concord, celebrating variations, and discovering frequent floor as Nigerians above all. However individuals like Kukah are doing their greatest to sow discord and strife amongst Nigerians.”

Greater than some other set of individuals, leaders – in politics or faith who preach respect for reality have an obligation to follow it. It’s a ethical and sensible duty.

Going by the historical past of the Church as is well-known, it’ll get up publicly for the reality.

It’s time others did the identical.

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