- The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah, has attracted the anger of the presidency over an address he made to the United States Congress
- Malam Garba Shehu, a presidential spokesperson, discredits the narrative Kukah gave about happenings in the country
- The presidential spokesperson questioned why the religious leader would painting his country in a bad light
FCT, Abuja – The presidency has criticised the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah, over his statements during a virtual appearance before the United States Congress.
A spokesperson to the Nigerian president, Malam Garba Shehu, on Sunday, July 18, accused the cleric of castigating Nigeria before the US lawmakers, The Nation reported.
He advised the cleric to desist from sowing discord and strife among Nigerians.
The presidency says Kukah’s views are personal
The presidential aide argued that the opinions expressed by Kukah before the US Congress were personal, and not opinions held by the majority of Nigerians.
According to him, religious leaders who preach respect for the truth have a duty to practice it, and it is a moral and practical responsibility to stand up publicly for the truth.
”There is no place in mainstream civil discourse for those who actively, negatively, and publicly label an individual ethnic group, especially before a foreign audience.These are not the views expressed or opinions held by the vast majority of the citizens of Nigeria.
”For all our challenges as a nation, nearly all of us seek to live together in harmony, celebrating differences, and finding a common ground as Nigerians above all.”
Vanguard reported that the presidency faulted claims that attacks on schools in parts of the country were targeted against schools that are predominantly Christian.
He said the bandits, kidnappers, and terrorists are the enemies of the people who should be confronted in unison.
Eid-el-Kabir: IGP orders tight security on highways, worship centres
In another news, the inspector-general of police, Usman Alkali Baba, ordered maximum security on highways, worship and recreational centres among others ahead of the Eid-el-Kabir festival in the country.
He made this known in a statement titled, ‘Eid-el-Kabir: IGP assures sustained efforts at improving public safety and security, by the Force Public Relations Officer.
The police IGP also reiterated that the Force would continue to improve on the recent gains achieved in stabilizing security order in parts of the country.