Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah
Pro-democracy and non-governmental body, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has condemned what it termed a display of “unwholesome disrespect” shown by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr. Garba Shehu, in the rejoinder he issued against the presentation to the American Congress by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Right Reverend Mathew Hassan Kukah.
The group said that Kukah presentation to the US Congress Committee on Foreign Affairs needs not to have generated controversy if not that Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari has “degenerated to a Banana Republic whereby the elected leaders of the country have transposed themselves into tyrants who are scared of the truth and who are doing everything under the sun to crush independent voices.”
Bishop Kukah had alleged that President Buhari was showing preference for people of his religion and ethnic group in matters of appointments and in the enforcement of the relevant policies and legal framework against the rising insecurity.
He also said Christians were being targeted by insurgents and bandits, with the government unable to tackle the security challenge.
Shehu, made assertions that HURIWA considers “crude, primitive, puerile, tendentious and absolutely disrespectful” to the person of Bishop Kukah.
Huriwa in a statement by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko; and the National Media Affairs Director, Miss Zainab Yusuf, said the presidential spokesman has only succeeded in celebrating his scanty understanding of the Constitution by making the unintelligent and insensitive remarks.
It advised Shehu to do a short intensive programme on the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1999 so he can understand the fuller intents of the relevant sections that speak to the issues of Federal Character principles such as Section 14(3) and also read through with an open mind the whole ramifications of Section 42 of the Constitution.
The rights group said the Federal Character of Nigeria includes the fact that Nigeria is a country with two dominant religions of Christians and Moslems and others such as African traditional worshippers.
“We totally endorse the presentation made by His Lordship the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, for these are facts that are empirical and we are witnesses to the ongoing nepotistic appointments of President Muhammadu Buhari, and the consistent killings of Christian clerics by Islamists are facts which President Muhammadu Buhari can’t hide from.”
Posted 22/07/2021 9:42:13 PM
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