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Nigerian Christians are Sidelined, Targeted by Islamic Extremists- Bishop Kukah tells US Congress

The Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kulah has lamented the inability of the Buhari-led administration to tackle insecurity.

Bishop Kukah is known for his seasoned criticisms of the Federal Government made this known in an online lecture he delivered before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in Washington, DC on Wednesday.

Kukah said despite swearing an oath in 2015 to protect citizens, the government has for the better part failed to do so. He noted that Christians, especially those in the North, have been the main target of the extremists.

Bishop Kukah

He said, “indoctrinate the children and end up converting the girls to wives, cooks, spies, sexual slaves and so on. 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 the faith they believe in.”

According to Bishop Kukah, “Last year, 2020, some of our Priests in the North were killed. The extremists kidnapped our children and forcefully converted them to Muslims. We have issued statements and called the attention of the government to our plight. We have also reached out to let the government know that we are willing to cooperate towards the greatness of our country.”

He said, “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.

“And the contradiction here is that the President has blatantly pursued nepotistic and policies that show very clearly his preferences for men and women of his faith.”

Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission sits in Washington DC.

The Bishop also said “for the first time in Nigeria the people heading three arms of government; the President, Senate President Speaker, and Chief Justice are all Muslims. These are all fine gentlemen, but that is not the point. The level of between Christians and Muslims has been exacerbated. This kind of situation has never happened before.”

“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.”

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