Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese Mathew Hassan Kukah has criticized the security situation under the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
He also accused the President of reneging on his promise to be even-handed and to end insecurity in the country.
The cleric alleged that the government is favouring Muslims and indulging in “divisive policies that would put our country to the brink”.
Rev. Kukah, who has been a fierce critic of the Buhari Administration made the remarks in his homily during the funeral for slain Seminarian Michael Nnadi.
He said with the killing of Seminarian Nnadi after those of several priests, it is safe to say that Christians in the north are marked men and women today. “Yet, we must be ready to be washed in the blood of the lamb.”
Bishop Kukah lamented that “Nigeria’s years of hypocrisy, duplicity, fabricated integrity, false piety, empty morality, fraud and Pharisaism” have caught up with with Nigerians, adding that, the country is at the crossroads, with its future hanging precariously in balance.
Kukah who recalled their painful moment of negotiation with the kidnappers of the four young seminarians and the killing of Nnadi, noted that Christians in the north had for long become targets of killings by terrorists under the garb of Islam.
The Bishop while apparently reacting to the recent statement credited to President Buhari that, 90 per cent of Boko Haram victims were Mislims, queried: “If your son steals from me, do you solve the problem by saying he also steals from you”?
According to him, “The persecution of Christians in northern Nigeria is as old as the modern Nigerian state. We are being told that this situation has nothing to do with religion. Really? It is what happens when politicians use religion to extend the frontiers of their ambition and power.
“Are we to believe that simply because Boko Haram kills Muslims too, they wear no religious garb? Are we to deny the evidence before us, of kidnappers separating Muslims from infidels or compelling Christians to convert or die?
“Their (Chsristians) experiences and fears of northern, Islamic domination are documented in the Willink Commission Report way back in 1956. It was also the reason they formed a political platform called, the Non-Muslim League.
“All of us must confess in all honesty that in the years that have passed, the northern Muslim elite has not developed a moral basis for adequate power sharing with their Christian co-regionalists.
“Our nation is like a ship stranded on the high seas, rudderless and with broken navigational aids. Today, our years of hypocrisy, duplicity, fabricated integrity, false piety, empty morality, fraud and Pharisaism have caught up with us. Nigeria is on the crossroads and its future hangs precariously in a balance.