Sokoto, 15 July, 2021 / 8:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese has told the U.S. Congress that the failure of the Federal Government of Nigeria to address insecurity in the West African nation is either due to helplessness of disinterestedness.
In the Wednesday, July 14 virtual address to the 2021 International Religious Freedom Summit in Washington, D.C., Bishop Kukah said the Muhammadu Buhari-led Government has failed to handle insecurity that it promised to do before ascending to power in 2015.
“The whole country, especially the North, is invaded by armed bandits and kidnappers who attack communities at will. The fact that the government seems to be either helpless or uninterested in dealing decisively with these people has added more confusion,” the Nigerian Bishop said.
Nigerians are yet to see any tangible move towards tackling insecurity, he said in his July 14 virtual presentation titled, "The Crisis of Religious Freedom in Nigeria."
Targeted attacks on Christians in Nigeria have been a recurring experience of many years, the Bishop noted, adding, however, that the spate of the attacks had seen a steady rise in the last 10 years.