Bishop of the Catholic parish of Sokoto, Most Rev. Matthew Kukah said that a coup or war could have happened if a non-Northern Muslims was president and did a half of what President Muhammad Buhari is doing.
In his 2020 Christmas message, entitled “A Nation in Search of Vindication”, Kukah noted that nepotism had characterised the administration of President Buhari.
In the message, Kukah said “This government owes the nation an explanation as to where it is headed as we seem to journey into darkness. The spilling of this blood must be related to a more sinister plot that is beyond our comprehension. Are we going to remain hogtied by these evil men or are they gradually becoming part of a larger plot to seal the fate of our country?
“President Buhari deliberately sacrificed the dreams of those who voted for him to what seemed like a programme to stratify and institutionalise Northern hegemony by reducing others in public life to second class status. He has pursued this self-defeating and alienating policy at the expense of greater national cohesion.
“Every honest Nigerian knows that there is no way any non-Northern Muslim president could have done a fraction of what President Buhari has done by his nepotism and got away with it.
“There would have been a military coup a long time ago or we would have been at war. The president may have concluded that Christians will do nothing and will live with these actions.
“He may be right and we Christians cannot feel sorry that we have no pool of violence to draw from or threaten our country. However, God does not sleep. We can see from the inexplicable dilemma of his North.”
In response, the Federal Government immediately warned bishops not to stir up hatred and conflict.
In a statement, the Minister of information and culture Alh. Lai Mohammed, through Mr. Segun Adeyemi, Special Assistant to the President (Media), said while religious leaders had the responsibility to speak truth to power, such truth must not come wrapped in anger, hatred, disunity, and religious disharmony.