Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Fr. Mathew Hassan Kukah, has thrown shades at President Muhammadu Buhari.
Kukah verbally attacked Buhari in his speech at the burial of slain 18-year-old Seminarian, Michael Nnadi in his school, Good Shepherds Major Seminary School, Kaduna.
Nnadi was kidnapped by suspected marauding Fulani herdsmen alongside three of his colleagues at the school premises.
The others were released but he was later found.
Speaking in exasperation, Kukah lambasted Buhari on security, accusing of incompetence, insensitivity and being a religious and tribal bigot.
He said: “In Buhari’s speech at the prestigious Policy Think Tank, Chatham House in London, just before the elections, he said , ‘I as a retired General and a former Head of State, have always known about our soldiers.
”They are capable and they are well trained, patriotic, brave and always ready to do their duty. If am elected President, the world will have no reason to worry about Nigeria. Nigeria will return to its stabilizing role in West Africa. We will pay sufficient attention to the welfare of our soldiers in and out of service.
”We will develop adequate and modern arms and ammunition. We will improve intelligence gathering and border patrols to choke Boko Haram’s financial and equipment channels. We will be tough on terrorism and tough on its root causes by initiating a comprehensive economic development and promoting infrastructural development… we will always act on time and not allow problems to irresponsibly fester. And I,Muhammadu Buhari,will always lead from the front.
“But the reverse was the case as the President continued to wallow in insensitivity and despotism, leaving out good governance in the country.
“There is no need to make any further comments on this claim. No one in that hall or anywhere in Nigeria doubted the President who ran his campaign on a tank supposedly full of the fuel of integrity and moral probity.
”No one could have imagined that in winning the Presidency, General Buhari would bring nepotism and clannishness into the military and the ancillary security agencies, that his government would be marked by supremacist and divisive policies that would push our country to the brink.
“This President has displayed the greatest degree of insensitivity in managing our country’s rich diversity. He has subordinated the larger interests of the country to the hegemonic interests of his co-religionists and clansmen and women.” Buhari, he said, had subordinated the larger interests of the country to the hegemony of his co-religionists and clansmen and women.
“The impression created now is that, to hold a key and strategic position in Nigeria today, it is more important to be a northern Muslim than a Nigerian.
“Our nation is like a ship stranded on the high seas, rudderless and with broken navigational aids.
”Today, our years of hypocrisy, duplicity, fabricated integrity, false piety, empty morality, fraud and Pharisaism have caught up with us. Nigeria is on the crossroads and its future hangs precariously in a balance. This is a wake up call for us.
“Nigeria is at a point where we must call for a verdict. There must be something that a man, nay, a nation should be ready to die for.
“Sadly, or even tragically, today, Nigeria, does not possess that set of goals or values for which any sane citizen is prepared to die for her. Perhaps, I should correct myself and say that the average office holder is ready to die to protect his office but not for the nation that has given him or her that office. The Yorubas say if it takes you 25 years to practice madness, how much time would you have to put it into real life?
”We have practiced madness for too long. Our attempt to build a nation has become like the agony of Sisyphus who angered the gods and had to endure the frustration of rolling a stone up the mountain. ”Each time he got near the top, the gods would tip the stone back and he would go back to start all over again. What has befallen our nation?”