Bishop Matthew Kukah
Bishop Matthew Kukah
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By Richard Odusanya

We are a good enough people to forgive his numerous contributions to our fundamental problems as a nation, though we are not too poor a student of history to forget in a haste July 29, 1966; 31 December, 1983;1967-1970 Biafra war; the retroactive Decree 4, that took away our young chaps: Bernard Ogedengbe, Lawal Ojuolape and Bartholomew Owoh, who could have had a second chance to life.

It is not yet a forgotten issue deep down inside of us that, under him, $2.8b oil money got missing in 1977, another N25b stolen under his watch as PTF Chairman, his encouragement for the Bokoharam sect to strive, his soaking of dogs and baboons in blood statement, his unresolved school certificate scandal and a host of other disgusting displays of cankers.

Yet, the “Leopard” who we assumed to have turned a new leaf as a repentant democrat as claimed and promoted by his sponsors, could not just change his skin and attitude to fit into the sanity of a sane society with all the grace given to him.

A responsible and sane leader, unlike ours, would wait for no call for a resignation.With the hopeless and hapless situation the “Leopard” has driven our dear country Nigeria into, do we need to ask for his resignation before he resigns?

What could describe an incompetent leadership better than its inability to protect his immediate family members?! The first lady’s relocation to Dubai, as a result of insecurity in the Villa, is more than enough to have kicked “the liability” out of our most sacred political seat.

Peter Mandelson, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, resigned in 2001 for using his position to influence a passport application for one of the Hindiya brothers who at the time were under investigation by the Indian government for the Bofors scandal.

Henry McLeish, First Minister of Scotland, resigned over allegations of improper financial dealings in 2001.

Hugo Banzer Suarez, President of Bolivia, due to ill health, resigned on August 7, 2001.

Peter Holligworth, Governor-General of Australia, resigned on May 28, 2003, in response to an accusation of mishandling a sexual abuse case during his term as Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane.

James McGreevey, Governor of New Jersey, resigned on November 15, 2004, after being mired in Pay to Play and extortion scandals.

Stanislav Gross, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, resigned on April 9, 2005, due to corruption allegations over the privatization of Unipetrol.

It is hilariously amazing that “Mr Integrity” turned the grand patron of the most “hardened, unrepentant and fantastically corrupt” cabal in the history of Nigeria political leadership, fights to stay in office instead of quietly resigning and saving this nation the stress of further humiliation and untold hardships.

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At the wake of 26 December, 2020, came the usual rabies barking from a supposedly sacred seat of the most populous black nation and the giant of Africa.Although I knew that hitting them with the truth is the only reason that could cause the lost of the little sanity left in them, I was not fully in the know of what prompted the noise from the lying machine this time.

After carefully checking into the situation that was overworking the defender of every lie and rubbish, I could not but cry the more for our beloved country Nigeria.

“A nation in Search of Vindication” by Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, on 25 December, 2020, was so captivating that I could not blink an eye from the beginning to the very last end.

In a sane clime with responsible leadership, such a patriotic message would have been welcomed with warmness and open mind.

A well balanced speech, that even downplayed the ineffectiveness and irresponsibility of the present leadership of the country, cannot be understood by an unreasonable, unrepentant proponent of divisiveness and idiocy mindsets that lack the ability to interrogate the issues, raised by His Eminence before jumping off the ladder.

People are dying but they are not dying more now than they did in recent years. It is the social media and its connectivity that has given us a sense of greater urgency and added to our seeming despair with the way things are. The social media is value neutral. It depends on what we make of it. Its instantaneous impact is often times dizzyingly traumatic, but the other benefits more than compensate”.

A knowledgeable and reasonable team in power would see the message of a patriot downplaying their flaws ,and marketing them in a way to the society at large, instead of acting wild and trying to attack everything attackable.

As usual, we were unsure of how many children were missing : 80, 820, 800, 500, 520, 333, 320, no one knew. The numbers kept changing between the governments, school authority, bandits and Bokoharam.

Can two agree if they are not one? A government that cannot give an accurate number less than 500 has no business managing a population of over 200 million. In a sane clime, such a leadership would have been dumped in the gutters.

Will the Federal government continue to reward and fund Bokoharam by playing its game? How long can this circle of deceit last for given that every kidnap merely strengthens their arsenal? The men of darkness have shown far greater capacity to shock and awe a forlon nation by constantly blindsiding us all. When will it all end?”

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A teacher that does want to be asked questions in class has no business being a teacher. So also is a leader that doesn’t want to be accountable to his followers deserves no place in the realm of leadership.

A government that deliberately shoots its innocent youths and citizens has a high level of terrorism traits and can never see anything wrong with adding to the arsenal of the third deadliest terrorist organisation in the world.

Maj Gen Muhammad Buhari owes Nigerians an explanation over the killings of innocent youths and citizens in Nigeria, by the military, armed bandits and insurgents. Nigeria path is heading for darkness under “Muhammodu Buhari”.

Bishop Matthew Kukah
Bishop Matthew Kukah

On the same day, 25 December, 2020, gunmen murdered two police officers in Jigawa. If our security officers are not safe, who then will? Yet, the presidency did not see anything wrong with the present situation of the nation. What a set of people!

“The beautiful ‘Annus Mirabilis’ and ‘Annus Horribilis’ illustrations of the Isaac Newton breakthroughs in Calculus, Motion, Optics and Gravitation of 1666 and that of Queen Elizabeth’s daughters’ crashed marriages in 1992, along with the matches of Ruiz and Pulev against our own very son-Anthony Joshua, were not comical enough to dissolve the poisonous bile they carry around. I wouldn’t blame a team of leaders that signed a Chinese agreement without understanding the conditions of contract not to appreciate a well outlined literary work like this.

“Every honest Nigerian knows that there is no way non-Northern Muslim President could have done a fraction of what President Buhari has done by his nepotism and gotten away with it. There would have been a military coup a long time ago or we would have been at war”.

As if he was speaking in tongues against their demonic spirits that did not understand the heavenly language.

Where was the Chairman of the Liars Association of Nigeria ( LAN) during the Maitatsine incidence of 1980, the Igbo massacre of 1966, the 1991 Kano riot because of the attempted Evangelist Reinhard Bonke’s crusade, the Abuja 2000 and Jos, 2001 riots and the Kaduna riots sparked from the Isioma Daniel article of 2002?

How would a bootlicker understand that a region that could spark a riot on trivial matters would not count out a coup d’etat if slightly sidelined by others in the process of governance with their number strategically placed in the Nigerian Army?

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If the intention of Bishop Kukah was a coup or riot, this government would have been in a mess by now. A force like Bishop Kukah has a great influence within the over 20 million population of the Catholic faithfuls in Nigeria, and by extension, the papacy in Rome. Hope this sounds a message to a confused set of people in power!

Let the lazy readers and poor students of history, who are accidental leaders of our country Nigeria, learn from the Philippines Revolution of 1986. The dethroned president, Ferdinand Marcos, would never in a rush forget Cardinal Jaime Sin, the Archbishop of Manila, and Cardinal Ricardo Vidal, the President of the Conference of the Philippines and the Archbishop of Cebu, for being part of the forces that abruptly brought his 20-year reign as president to an end.

The Emir of Katsina, the President’s home state, only recently said: “We cannot continue to live like animals. I have not seen this type of country.” His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa ad Abubakar said that the north has now become the worst part of the entire country. The Northern Elder’s Forum has called on the President to resign. Former President Gen Olusegun Obasanjo and Nobel laureate Prof Wole Soyinka added their voices.

Can someone, therefore, help the President with an ear remedy for him to clearly hear the agony, gnashing of teeth and cries of hopelessness that have pervaded the land?!

We are in this deep shit because we failed to learn from history. But let it be known to those in the corridor of power, the so called “Cabals”, that all powers are vested in the masses, and the time to take it back is very near.

SINCE THE “KUKAH’S HOMILY, A PATRIOTIC MESSAGE TO A NEPOTISTIC AND UNREPENTANT LEOPARD” is now a threat, they should get ready for more because there cannot be an end to protest and agitation until there is an end to oppression.


Richard Odusanya
Richard Odusanya is the convener of AFRICA COVENANT RESCUE INITIATIVE ACRI


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