Sat. Jun 19th, 2021

Bishop Kukah: I have sworn I will not protect you

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Matthew Hassan Kukah the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, again, has highlighted the government’s incapability to stop killings and banditry, to which he says that the country’s leaders have no blood in their hearts.

The bishop went on to say there were nowhere citizens will be slaughtered in the whole world without the government showing any iota of empathy and concern.

He mentioned how the continuous barbaric slaughter and murder of people in their innocence propose that the Presidential Villa, National Assembly, government houses are not evidence of civilization.

The Bishop made this statement during his homily at the burial of late Rev Fr. Alphonsus Yasshim Bello at Our Lady of Apostles Catholic Church, Kaduna.

On May 21 in Katsina Late Fr. Alphonsus Yashim Bello, who was kidnapped alongside Rev Fr Joseph Keke, and was gruesomely murdered by bandits.

Kukah said: “Those who govern us are allowing this killing of citizens in their innocency because they have no blood in their hearts.

“There is nowhere in the whole world where barbarism and killings of humans has been manifested as it is in Nigeria of today.

“How did Nigeria come to this tragic situation? We know who they are, who they believed in, and where their inspiration comes from. The government has never declared the kidnappers to be terrorist groups.

“There is no ambiguity about those who are killing our people and why they are doing so and where their inspiration comes from.

“We hear and live with stories of complicity at the highest level. We, as Christians, can only rely on the faithful word of God.

“Is it possible that you have a country where people have sworn with the Qur’an and Bible to uphold the principle of governance?

“That they will do everything within their power to protect and defend the integrity of Nigerians and suddenly we are where we are today?”

On the seeming renunciation of duties by leaders, Kukah said: “I think the President and governors should address Nigerians and say, ‘fellow Nigerians, I have sworn that I will not protect you from foreign invaders, kidnappers and being killed.

“‘You are on your own. Your security is in your own hands. Keeping you safe is not our immediate priority. Foreign bandits or anyone can come at will, kill, loot, rape, kidnap and murder you. They can wipe out your communities; destroy your homes, your farmlands, property.

“They can kidnap or murder your children at will. They can rustle your cattle. If they kidnap your children, wives, or husbands, we will consider you criminals for negotiating for their release.

“‘We are preparing a law that could see you go to jail for 15 years for this heinous crime against your fatherland’.

“Nigerians should remain steadfast in prayer, God will lead us out of this tragic situation,” he added.

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