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Both Christian, Muslims Schools Being Attacked; 234 Pupils Still In Captivity – Presidency Counters Bishop Kukah Over ‘Divisive Comment’

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The presidency has attacked Catholic cleric, Bishop Matthew Kukah, over his current deal with earlier than the USA congress as regards insecurity in Nigeria.

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The presidency accused the cleric of spreading falsehood with the intent to discredit the administration.



Kukah had in a digital look earlier than the American lawmakers criticised President Muhammadu Buhari’s dealing with of the safety state of affairs in Nigeria.

He additionally alleged that Buhari was nepotistic in key appointments and favoured Muslims over Christians.

In its response, the presidency in an announcement by presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu mentioned Kukah was doing his “finest to sow discord and strife amongst Nigerians” as 234 muslim pupils have been nonetheless within the captivity of the bandits.

Shehu accused the cleric of falsehood, saying assaults by armed males stand condemned however should not focused at Christians.

The assertion reads, “It’s unlucky, and disappointing, for residents of Nigeria to bear witness to certainly one of their Churchmen castigating their nation in entrance of representatives of a overseas parliament.

“We’re all too aware of these abroad political excursions that opposition politicians take – visiting overseas leaders and legislators in the USA, United Kingdom and Europe. So, the argument goes, if they’re heard critically overseas, then Nigerian residents again dwelling ought to certainly take heed to them too.

“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 line with ethnicity or religion. It takes a warped way of thinking for a critic to imagine 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 strains.

“With due respect to the esteemed place he holds, the Bishop’s assertion that solely Christian colleges are being focused by bandits or terrorists shouldn’t be supported by the details on the bottom. It’s unhappy to say but in addition true that victims of crime, kidnapping, banditry and terrorism lower 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 Faculty 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 School Birnin Yauri in Kebbi State who’re presently in captivity- and the nation’s safety companies 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 colleges 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 beneficial properties however the evil doers once we divide our ranks in line with ethnicity and faith in confronting them. The bandit, kidnapper and terrorist are the enemies of the individuals who ought to be confronted in unison.”  

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