Nigerians are not swayed by your hateful talk, says presidency to Kukah

The Nigerian Government has criticised Bishop Mathew Kukah over his Easter message, in which he accused President Muhammadu Buhari of collapsing the country and dividing the citizens.

Garba Shehu, the president’s senior special assistant on media and publicity, faulted Kukah in a release he titled ‘Kukah’s virus of hate.’

“Nigeria knows too well Bishop Kukah’s views of the government”, Shehu said in his statement.

“Whether expressing his political views is a good use or an abuse of religious office is for others to decide. But the people of Nigeria have spoken – twice: they support this government at the ballot box. They have not been swayed by hateful talk from any bully-pulpit.

“We respectfully ask Bishop Kukah to leave government to the voters and the politicians they elect, while he concentrates on his job, as it is expressed in James 1:27: ‘Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.’

“Or else, he should put away his clerical garb, join partisan politics and see how far he can go.”

Kukah is an ardent critic of the Buhari-led government.

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