The Federal Government is helpless in tackling the security challenges Nigeria is facing.
The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Rev-Fr. Matthew Kukah said this in his address to the United States Congress Commission. He also said that the current administration has failed to address insecurity which it promised to do before taking power in 2015.
Mr. Kukah accused President Muhammadu Buhari, of recruiting more people of his ethnicity and religion into political offices.
His presentation to the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in Washington, DC, which was virtual, was on the persecution of Christians in the North by armed extremist groups. There was a religious undertone to the security challenges in the country.
According to his statement;
“The North, even the whole country, is invaded by armed bandits, kidnappers, etc., who attack communities at will.
“The fact that the government seems to be either helpless or uninterested in dealing decisively with these people has added more confusion.
“The contradiction here is that the President has blatantly pursued nepotistic agenda and policies that show very clearly his preference for men and women of his faith.”
“For the first time in Nigeria, the people heading the three arms of government – President, Senate President, Speaker, and Chief Justice are all Muslims. These are all fine gentlemen, but that is not the point. The level of rivalry between Christians and Muslims has worsened. This kind of situation has never happened before.”
He went further saying;
“The persecution of Christians in Nigeria, which has been going on for a long time, has risen in the past 10 years.
“The Christian schools are attacked in the North by extremists who convert the girls to wives, sex slaves, and spies while indoctrinating the children.
“The story of Leah Sharibu suggests very clearly that there is, in many instances, a relationship between the conditions in which people find themselves and their faith.
“In 2020, some of our priests in the North were killed. The extremists kidnapped our children and forcefully converted them to Muslims.
“What is significant here is that we are in a democracy; with weak structures and institutions. These are existential issues. So, we require practical assistance that can help us and our children.”