I never called for a coup – Monsignor Kukah
Bishop Matthew Kukah of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto has denied claims by some Nigerians that his Christmas message was an invitation to a coup to overthrow the Bukhari-led administration.
Kukah said in his Christmas message that Nigeria would suffer a military coup or be thrown into the war if a non-Muslim president comes to power, who does part of what Bukhari has done since he took office in 2015. Kukakh accused President Bukhari of nepotism and others.
Since then, the Arewa Youth Advisory Forum has called for his arrest and prosecution. According to them, the pastor called for a coup against the Bukhari administration.
At a press conference on December 29, Bishop Kukakh said that he had never called for a coup.
According to him;
“I am sad and very sad that my critics of the emergency never see that many innocent people die every day. The loss of life in the last decade is worrying, even before this administration came to power.
Reactions are a reflection of every citizen of Nigeria. It is sad that when you leave something in Nigeria, everyone goes back to their enclave and leaves the big picture. I am the one who never takes offense at what they say about me.
What I said was my opinion based on evidence and what happened in Nigeria, and if you look at the records, there is evidence to support this claim, and if anyone thinks I am wrong, they should come up with higher position. …
It is not fair for a journalist or the media to report that I have called for a coup by expressing my personal opinion about Nigeria. ”
Kukakh declined requests to leave the priestly attire and join politics to bring about the changes he so desires to see.
“I have no plans and I will never engage in party politics for any reason. Those who link my message to party politics are just playing in the gallery.
Take, for example, the brilliant young Nigerians who comment on Chelsea or Arsenal and have never been to England, does that make them players on those teams?
So why would anyone think that Bishop Kukakh says he is a politician? The people who make this argument completely ignore elementary politics and ignore the role of the priest.
In truth, many of us have not seen the priest say what I say. The truth is, we are all in politics, but for me, party politics are not. I am not a member of any political party and cannot be one. When it comes to voting, I am doing my right.
Everything that I say may or may not please someone, but this is my opinion, and it does not prevent others from expressing their opinion. If you think my motive is wrong, leave yours.
I have no problem with Muslims, Christians or any other religion, but what I don’t like is that when someone uses a religious issue to conduct politics, it is wrong. “