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No One Will Shut Bishop Kukah Up – John Cardinal Onaiyekan

Bishop Kukah

Bishop Kukah

Emeritus, Catholicolic Archbishop of Abuja, His Eminence John Cardinal Onaiyekan has come out to say that no one will stop the Bishop of Sokoto, Most Rev. Matthew Kukah, from speaking against bad governance in the country.

He recently revealed this on AIT’s breakfast show, Kakaaki, in Abuja, and Nigerians have been reacting.

According to him, there is nothing wrong with religious leaders playing their role in politics, since it advances the course of the masses, and speak truth to power in the name of God.

He added that those who are currently speaking for the president clearly have a wrong idea of politics to have a problem with Kukah.

His words, “With all due respect to whoever is speaking for the Presidency, he has a wrong idea of politics. Maybe, for him, politics have been just a game they play in the middle of the night.”

“But, if you understand politics as to how you organise and manage the community for the common good, we are all supposed to be politicians.”

“Does that mean that whenever we (religious leaders) tell the truth and work to make our country better, we should shut up because we are playing politics? No, we refuse. We will continue to talk.”

“In the whole project of nation-building and good governance, people, have different roles to play. The role of Mr President is, of course, the most important in terms of organizing everything.”

“But the role of religious leaders, if you are a genuine one, should be to be able to speak in the name of God.”

“So, let no one stop Kukah and other religious leaders from speaking from their hearts. They cannot force you (the government) anyways.”

“Kukah is not preparing a coup against Buhari. He is only concerned about the people he sees every day. Kukah is speaking for so many who do not have a voice.”

“What we expected from the Presidency was to hear what Kukah had to say, and take the issues one-by-one; maybe give explanations, if there is a need for such, and hopefully consider considering his message in its future plans.”

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