Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Mathew Kukah, says there would have been war or coup in Nigeria if a non Northern Muslim were president and unleashed a fraction of the nepotism that characterized the government of president Muhammadu Buhari.
Bishop Kukah said this in his 2020 Christmas message titled, ‘A nation in search of vindication’, on Friday.
He accused the president of sacrificing the dreams of those who voted for him, pursuing rather a programme to stratify and institutionalize northern hegemony
Kukah said, “This government owes the nation an explanation as to where it is headed as we seem to journey into darkness. The spilling of this blood must be related to a more sinister plot that is beyond our comprehension. Are we going to remain hogtied by these evil men or are they gradually becoming part of a larger plot to seal the fate of our country?
“President Buhari deliberately sacrificed the dreams of those who voted for him to what seemed like a programme to stratify and institutionalise northern hegemony by reducing others in public life to second class status. He has pursued this self-defeating and alienating policy at the expense of greater national cohesion.
“Every honest Nigerian knows that there is no way any non-Northern Muslim President could have done a fraction of what President Buhari has done by his nepotism and gotten away with it.
“There would have been a military coup a long time ago or we would have been at war. The President may have concluded that Christians will do nothing and will live with these actions.
“He may be right and we Christians cannot feel sorry that we have no pool of violence to draw from or threaten our country. However, God does not sleep. We can see from the inexplicable dilemma of his North.”