Bishop Kukah berates Nigerian Government for negotiating with kidnappers

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Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sokoto

The Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan Kukah has once again berated Nigerian government for negotiating with kidnappers without commiserate efforts to stem such act.

Kukah who was guest lecturer at the flag off ceremony to mark 70th anniversary of Order Of Knights of St Mulumba Nigeria at the St. Leo’s Catholic Church Ikeja, Lagos, berated  government for what he described as insensitivity towards the plight of the Nigerians by pretending not to negotiate with kidnappers. 


The bishop explained as sickening, a situation where people are forced to negotiate and make ransom payments to the same people killing them at will without consequences.

Bishop Kukah enjoined the congregation not to be downcast by incessant attacks on the church as such recurring attacks have always been the oxygen of the church from time immemorial, even in the days of the saints.

 He narrated how Abba Kyari, the police officer standing trial for various crimes was involved in the killing of one of his seminarians and averred that the officer’s trial at the moment is a charade.

The Bishop encouraged the church to be steadfast in faith  and stressed that it is only when one runs away from a barking dog that one gets attacked by it.

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Bishop Kukah revealed that Nigeria is presently the 9th worst country for Christians to live in and however, regretting the way Christians are timid in the political space.

“ Christians are complicit in the goings-on in this country. Christians will continue to pay the price for speculating if they don’t take actions.” Kukah said.

He rounded off his lecture by informing the audience that he was being considered by the APC for the position of the Vice President in the coming elections and wondered why no one is giving it a thought. 

Dr Kukah said the catholic church does not only have the capacity but also the resources to dictate the economic and political life of the country, explaining that governance is not about lamentation but diagnosis.

The highpoint of the event was unveiling of the anniversary logo and Mascot.

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