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Christian Leaders And Bishops Blast Governor Bello Over What Said About Tithes

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Christian leaders and some other people have slammed Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State for his comments following a visit of Catholic Church Bishops to President Muhammadu Buhari in Aso Rock.

Governor Bello, on Friday, February 9, said only looters are unhappy with the administration of President Buhari.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), prominent Catholic bishops and some Catholic groups have slammed the governor for his comments which they found unfair, Punch reports.

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah who felt the statement was uncalled for said: �Frankly, people of his calibre do not deserve our response. It is also a measure of the kind of people who have strayed into power.

�I am not going to go into any details. It is a tragedy of what we call leadership now in Nigeria. People who have come with no antecedents; they just come out of the woodworks and occupy an office. And so, I won’t dignify him (Bello) with any response.”

The Archdiocese Emeritus, Catholic Archdiocese of Ibadan, Alaba Job also had this to say:

�I am sorry that the governor made that statement. Who are the people stealing for us? What he said is different from what we discussed with Buhari. Killings, kidnappings, and other forms of evil (practices) are around us. Boko Haram has, to some extent, been suppressed but we now have so many atrocities.

�We did not discuss any issue about money to the church. It is a great pity if a governor made that statement. As far back as 1994, Catholic Church bishops constituted a prayer group that has been praying against corruption in Nigeria.

�The governor’s statement does not ‘belong’ to us, not to the Catholic Church bishops in Nigeria. He should read the statement issued at the meeting and compare it to his own statement. It is out of context.”

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