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Catholic Church backs Bishop Kukah over anti-Buhari comments

Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, CSN, on Monday, declared its solidary behind the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Rev. Fr. Hassan Kukah, over his statements against the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari

Recall that while delivering his Christmas message, Mr Kukah had alleged that Mr Buhari’s acts of nepotism could have led to a coup if he was a non-northern Muslim.

Releasing a statement on Monday, the CSN’s National Director, Social Communications, Fr. Mike Umoh, restated that with the prolonged security and economic challenges facing the country, the Church stood by Mr Kukah’s position.

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The church discredited the attackers of the Bishop who alleged that he sought to instigate violence and hinder national integration with his message.

He said, “We are quite aware of the 2020 Christmas Message by our revered Bishop Hassan Kukah and the enormous space it has enjoyed on social media and in the public sphere.

“As expected, the agents of evil have gathered to attack the person of the Bishop and to discredit the simple obvious truth of the message. This is the stock in trade of evil people.

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“However, they often succeed when good people Christians, choose to do nothing. We are therefore calling attention to this new development so that we can all rise in unison and stand for truth.

“The situation in Nigeria no longer allows anyone to sit on the fence, indifference is now a greater form of sin. Everyone must choose and stand up for what he/she believes in.

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“The truth about our nation is also that there are only two parties now existing: the good and the evil, the oppressed and the oppressor, the suffering people and the benefiting government officers and their families.”

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While calling on Nigerians to stand in support of the truth, he cautioned against falling for the antics of those he described as players of the religious and tribal card even at the expense of the general good of the nation.

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