Sokoto, 15 January, 2021 / 11:20 pm (ACI Africa).
Christian leaders in Nigeria are calling on the President to protect Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah whose Christmas message sparked controversies in the West African nation with some quarters accusing him of “very serious crimes.”
“We call on President Muhammadu Buhari and all the security agencies to ensure that no harm befalls the Catholic Bishop of the Sokoto Diocese, Hassan Kukah,” the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) says in a Thursday, January 14 message seen by ACI Africa.
The officials of CAN add, “We have had enough of bloodshed in the country and we call on the security agencies to rise up to their constitutional responsibilities. Nothing must happen to Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah!”
In his five-page Christmas Message issued December 25, Bishop Kukah is critical of the Muhammadu Buhari-led government amid multiple cases of insecurity in parts of Africa’s most populous nation characterized by abductions and killings.
Circulated under the title “A Nation in Search of Vindication,” Bishop Kukah, in the nine-point message, stated, “President Buhari deliberately sacrificed the dreams of those who voted for him to what seemed like a program to stratify and institutionalize northern hegemony by reducing others in public life to second class status.”