“We have before us a government totally oblivious to the cherished values of the sacredness of life,” he further says, and continues, “Tales and promises about planned rescues have since deteriorated into mere whispers.”
The Local Ordinary of Sokoto further notes that the silence of the government was only feeding the “ugly beast of complicity in the deeds of the evil people who have suspended the future of entire generations of Nigeria’s children.”
“Every day, we hear of failure of intelligence, yet, those experts who provide intelligence claim that they have always done their duty diligently and efficiently,” Bishop Kukah says in his Christmas message, and poses, “Does the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria not believe that he owes parents and citizens answers as to where our children are and when they are coming home?”
He further probes, “Does the President of Nigeria not owe us an explanation and answers as to when the abductions, kidnappings, brutality, senseless, and endless massacres of our citizens will end? When will our refugees from Cameroon, Chad or Niger return home?”
“We need urgent answers to these questions,” the Nigerian Catholic Bishop who was appointed a member of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development in January says.
He urges the Presidency and those at the helm of States “to develop a more honest, open and robust strategy for ending the humiliation of our people and our restoring social order to our people. We have borne enough humiliation as communities and a country.”
This time last year, the Catholic Bishop who has been vocal against bad governance in Nigeria recalls raising an alarm about the perilous state of affairs in the Northern part of the country, a stance that resulted in “all kinds of accusations … especially by Northern brethren.”
The 2020 Christmas Message of the Bishop of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese has sparked controversies in the West African nation, some quarters accusing the Bishop of “very serious crimes like treason and incitement for a coup.”
He also recalls that when Catholic Bishops protested openly against the killings in March 2020, they were accused of “acting against the government with religious motives being imputed to their noble intentions.”
“Now, we are fully in the grip of evil. Today, a feeling of vindication only saddens me as I have watched the north break into a cacophony of quarrelsome blame games over our tragic situation,” Bishop kukah bemoans.