- Says leave Bishop Kukah alone•
One of Nigeria’s prominent civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has carpeted the Nigerian government led by President Muhammadu Buhari for promoting grave divisions along Ethno-Religious configurations through cocktails of persistent witch-hunting of Christians in top government positions and for failing abysmally to comply with the federal character principles enshrined in section 14(3) of the Nigerian Constitution in top level federal government appointments.
HURIWA also challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to tell Nigerians how many of the over 500 arrested armed Fulani herdsmen and bandits have been successfully prosecuted by his government since the last five years for the genocide and killings targeted at Christians in the North Central States and as far as Enugu, Kogi; Delta and Rivers States.
The rights group said the Nigerian police force under the current dispensation has failed to give proper account of the status of those armed mass murderers they arrested and paraded over the past few years of the current administration.
The Rights group believed that this systematic impunity encouraged at the highest levels of central government is what motivates armed fundamentalists to kill Christians at will believing that they are above the law since those who hold top security jobs are of their very same ethno-religious communities.
HURIWA has also asked the federal government and particularly the Minister of Information and Tourism Alhaji Lai Mohammed to show respect to religious icons such as Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah by reflecting deeply and speaking with wisdom whenever such patriotic stakeholders and consummate nationalists and statesmen such as Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah.
They said when such personalities offer their profound message of wisdom to temporally holders of political offices because in the words of the rights group, the likes of Kukah means well for Nigerians and the corporate goodness of the Federal Republic of Nigeria whenever he speaks or writes unlike the motley crowds of bigots and politically insensitive and irresponsible clowns masquerading about as officials and supporters of the government in power at the Federal level.
“The personality of Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah is rare in any civilizations because here is a Philosopher, Theologian and authoritative source of knowledge who has over the last four decades worked assiduously and vigorously only in the defence of human rights, Rule of law, Constitutional democracy; inter-religious and Inter-tribal dialogues.
“This is a Preacher of righteousness who loves Nigeria so much that he is prepared to sacrifice his personal and material satisfaction to take up the task of evangelization in the real sense of it. His words of caution to the current holders of political offices is well placed and represent the accurate positions of millions of genuine lovers of a United, strong and viable Nigerian nation.
“Only rabble-rousers and opportunistic political clowns will view these observations of Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah with the binoculars of tainted and disjointed political cum religiously biased prisms. The statement of truth by Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah that the SELECTIVE appointments of only Hausa/Fulani Moslem Northerners into very strategic national offices under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration as the cause of divisions in the society should be viewed as the voice of the people which is the voice of God.