a coup might have taken place if nepotism had not been practiced from the north, like Bukhari.
Matthew Kukah, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, accused President Muhammad Bukhari of nepotism.
In his Christmas message on Friday, the bishop said a coup d’état could have happened if a non-Muslim president had done a small part of what Bukhari did.
He accused the president of institutionalizing northern hegemony, “relegating others in public life to the status of second-rate.”
“This government has a responsibility to explain to the nation where it is going because it looks like we are traveling in darkness,” he said.
“The shedding of this blood must be associated with a more sinister conspiracy that is beyond our reach. Will we remain incapable of confronting these evil people, or will they gradually become part of a larger conspiracy that will decide the fate of our country?
President Bukhari deliberately sacrificed the dreams of those who voted for him for what looked like a program of stratification and institutionalization of northern hegemony. He pursued this counterproductive and alienating policy at the expense of greater national cohesion.
“Every honest Nigerian knows that a non-northern Muslim president could in no way do even part of what President Bukhari did with his nepotism and avoid punishment for it.
“There would have been a military coup a long time ago, otherwise we would have fought. The President could have concluded that Christians would do nothing and would live by these actions.
“He could have been right, and we Christians cannot regret not having a pool of violence from which to lead our country or threaten it. However, God does not sleep. We can see from the inexplicable dilemma of his North. “
Source: – Cable