A former Minister for Aviation, Osita Chidoka on Sunday, backed the assertion made by Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Mathew Kukah that President Muhammadu Buhari was insensitive to address the numerous problems bedevilling the country.
Chidoka also tackled the government for criticising Kukah for his submission, insisting that the Buhari administration has failed to put to bay the increasing insecurity, unemployment, attacks on Christian faithfuls and Christian formations across the northern part of the country.
He stated this in a statement posted on his facebook page.
Recall that Kukah had in a Christmas message titled, ‘A Nation in Search of Vindication,’ accused Buhari of reducing people from other regions of the country to second class citizens, all in favour of Northern hegemony.
But reacting to the Bishop’s position, the federal government, through the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, charged religious leaders to refrain from stoking the embers of hatred and disunity.
Mohammed in a statement, warned that resorting to scorched-earth rhetoric at this time could trigger unintended consequences.
He said, “While religious leaders have a responsibility to speak truth to power, such truth must not come wrapped in anger, hatred, disunity and religious disharmony.”
Chidoka said Kukah’s warning to the nation is prophetic and in tradition to prophets of old, adding that all is not well with the country.
He urged men of goodwill to speak out and those in power should listen and make amends.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain says he had known the Bishop since 1997.
He said, “Bishop Kukah is a Man of God. I have known him since 1997. He was the Priest who prayed on the day I assumed office as Corps Marshal. He has visited with us at Obosi and recommended me to a program at Harvard School of Government in 2005. I respect him.
“His warnings to the nation is prescient and in the tradition of prophets of old. Using paid jobbers and e-rats to attack him on social media is a sign of the times.
“All is not well with our country. Men of goodwill should speak out and those in power should listen and make amends. May the Lord imbue him with strength and lead him aright.”