….. Asked Nigerians To Focus On His Message, Not The Baseless Propaganda Cooked against Him.
Bishop Matthew Kukah of the Sokoto Catholic Archdiocese, has responded to attacks on him over his Christmas Day message, urging Nigerians to ignore the lie against him.
He disclosed this in a chat with newsmen on Tuesday, 29th December, and asked Nigerians to dwell on the statement he made, not on lies against him, He explained that his message, titled ‘Another Christmas with Dark Clouds of Death,’ was based on his love for the country without any political or ulterior motive.
On the attacks on him, he said he was pained that his critics had failed to see that many innocent lives were being lost on daily basis and had failed to show concern for the loss of lives in the last ten years, even before the advent of this administration.
He said: “The reactions are a reflection of every citizen that make up Nigeria. It is sad that when you drop something in Nigeria, everybody goes back to their enclave and abandons the larger picture. I am someone who never takes offence to what people say about me.
“What I said was my opinion based on evidence and what has happened in Nigeria, and if you looked into the records, there is evidence that justifies that statement, and if anyone thinks I am wrong, they should come out with a superior position.”
He described as unfair news reports that he called for a coup while expressing his personal view about Nigeria.
To those calling him to drop his priesthood cassock and join the political fray, Kukah said if he was to join politics, it would have been during the time of the late Aminu Kano and not now.
He said: “I have no plan and will never play partisan politics for any reason. Those who link my message to partisan politics are only playing to the gallery.
He argued that his views on governance and politics would not make him a politician, saying: “Take, for instance, brilliant Nigerian youths making comments about Chelsea or Arsenal and have never been to England, does that make them players of such club sides?”
He argued that people who called him a politician because of his comments on governance were totally ignorant of elementary politics and the role of a priest.
“Whatever I said can please or displease anyone, but that is my own. I have no problem with Muslims, Christians, or any other religion but what I don’t like is when someone is using a religious issue to play politics, it is wrong.”
Meanwhile, the COALITION of Nigerian Muslim Professionals (CNMP) and other groups had, yesterday, joined the ranks of those condemning attacks on Bishop Matthew Kukah of Sokoto Catholic Archdiocese.
The latest support for Kukah by the CNMP and others came as the cleric broke his silence on the attacks against him, tongue-lashing his attackers and accusing them of deliberately misinterpreting his message to suit their selfish pursuits.
The coalition commended Kukah for “his boldness to speak truth to power.” They faulted those who rose against him over his sermon. In the statement signed yesterday by the group’s National Coordinator, Prof. Mohammed Inuwa, the group noted that President Buhari meant well for the country, but faulted him for some actions taken by his administration against the country’s unity.
They said the country would be a great place to live if it had three persons like the Catholic bishop, saying that persons attacking the truth do so for their personal interests.
It urged the President to see the bishop’s message as a wake-up call with a view to adjusting his policies and programmes for the betterment of the country and Nigerians.
The professionals accused attackers of the bishop as doing so for pecuniary gains and not in the interest of the country. It warned against twisting the cleric’s message to mean that he called for a coup, saying the bishop was too learned to support such ignoble path to installing leadership, saying Nigerians with a conscience would not fall for the antics of those twisting the Bishop’s message.
The group said: “Even during the military era where people dreaded the powers that be at the time, Bishop Kukah, who was then a Catholic priest spoke truth to those at the helm of affairs without fear or favour. He has shown through his actions all the years that he is a true son of Nigeria in particular and Africa in general. We should support him for being bold enough to come out to speak what many Nigerians know is the truth but are afraid to speak out for fear of the leadership.”
It continued: “While we must admit that President Muhammadu Buhari means well for the nation, we must say most people in his government are grossly incompetent and don’t deserve to stay around power even in an uncivilised space.”
The group said it would not shy away from the truth even though most of the President’s actions drawing criticisms were in favour of its region.
It flayed marginalisation of the Igbo in every facet of national life, saying the development was not promoting national cohesion, which nationalists that laid down their lives for the country’s independence wanted.
“There’s nothing wrong with Bishop Kukah’s statement in the actual sense. Some regions particularly the South East have been marginalised in successive governments, and the administration of President Muhammad Buhari came and amplified it with the worst,” it added.
SOUTHERN Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) youth wing and the Evangelical Church of West Africa (ECWA), yesterday, joined the list of those declaring their support for Kukah and his sermon.
The Secretary General of ECWA, Rev Yunusa Sabo Nmadu, in a statement, said there was nothing new about what Bishop Kukah said.
“The bishop has spoken our minds and we will resist any attempt by any group or agency of government to harm him. Enough of this intimidation.”
He said effort by government to silent dissenting voices was unacceptable and must be resisted.
The cleric reinforced Kukah’s position on nepotism, saying: “as a matter of fact, Nepotism under President Buhari’s administration is topnotch. This administration has first class in nepotism and maladministration. The Federal Government must immediately take steps towards addressing those concerns raised by Bishop Kukah, rather than sponsoring fake groups to attack the revered bishop.”
He said the earlier the administration took steps to address the concerns raised by Kukah, the better for the country.
SOKAPU youth leaders flayed the statement credited to Arewa Youths Consultative Forum and signed by its national President, Yerima Shetima, “calling for the arrest of Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah.
A statement issued by the group, signed by its national leader, John Isaac, lamented that despite the obvious lopsidedness in the composition of the security architecture of the country as pointed by Bishop Kukah, the Arewa Youths Consultative Forum allowed itself to be dragged into the “murky waters of tribalism, ethnic loyalty and religious bigotry, choosing to look away the realities of the North which has become a pool of blood and a yard of graves”.
“Blessing Okoro CEO Claims She Surged Into Marriage Thinking Will Be The Shortcut To End Her Sufferings”.
Nigerian relationship counselor, Blessing Okoro Nkiruka also known as CEO has says that she got married at the age of 19 to a man who was 10 years older than her. This may have been possible, citing where she came from, that is, coming from a poor background who struggled to make ends meet.
Therefore, she may have been married off to reduce the family’s cost and gain financial support from the groom’s family as practiced in many African and especially Nigerian middle-class homes.
She disclosed that her love life started at the age of 14, and the marriage didn’t work out as they separated in less than two years.
Marriage is one of the Unions that has being instrumental in making some people showcase their best and applaudable versions, and to some people, it has only brought back some challenging memories.
There are diverse reasons why some people venture into marriage, some later reap their positive and reasonable intents, while some regret rushing into marriage, and that is the sad story of a Relationship therapist, Blessing CEO as she shared on her Instagram account.
The Relationship expert in her words gotten from Instagram said, “I remember when my mum used to struggle while I was a young girl, and at some point, all that she had got burnt and vanished away and I vowed as a young girl that I won’t struggle like my mom, which made me rush into marriage because I thought it was the only short cut I had to end the sufferings I have gone through.”
Blessing CEO (born on 23 May 1989) as Blessing Okoro Nkiruka is a 32 years old Nigerian relationship counsellor, social media personality and influencer.
She is prominently known for advising young Nigerians on relationships, dating, sex, and divorce.
She achieves this through various platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and her blog Break or make-up relationship.
FCT Teachers Strike: Senator Aduda Meets FCT NUT Executives.
By Sadiq Abubakar, Abuja.
Following ongoing strike by the primary school teachers if the Local Education Authority (LEA) over non payment of their promotion arrears and other entitlements, Senator Philip Aduda, on Saturday, met with the state executives of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in Abuja.
Aduda, while addressing the NUT executives, described the warning strike as unfortunate, in which he assured the union that he will meet with the relevant stakeholders in order to find a common ground for the benefit of the parents and pupils.
“And it was on this premise that I want to assure the union that I shall meet with the stakeholders across the area councils level in order to ensure that your demands are met so that our children can go back to school,”he said.
Responding, the chairman of the NUT in FCT, Comrade Stephen Knabayi, appreciated Senator Aduda for his intervention, saying the union will be eager to get positive response from the stakeholders so that primary school teachers can return to their classes.
Our correspondent had reported that, the NUT FCT had embarked on a five days warning strike, which elapsed last Wednesday, but the union had asked the secondary school teachers to return to classes and directed the primary school teachers to continue with the strike until their promotion arrears are paid by the council chairmen.
Alleged N19.3bn Bailout: Northern youths demand independent investigation, chide EFCC over media trial
The Northern Youths Movement (NYM) has demanded for an independent probe of the controversies over the N19. 33 billion Kogi salary bailout funds the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, claimed it recovered to the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.
Rising from its meeting in Abuja on Saturday, the NYM also chided the EFCC over what they called unending regime of media trial and unconstitutional actions.
It said it was imperative for a panel comprising representatives of the CBN, Sterling Bank, Federal Ministry of Finance, Accountant General of the Federation, Kogi State Government, EFCC, Police Special Fraud Unit, Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria and Civil Society Organizations to be set up to investigate the matter.
EFCC had said that it returned the N19. 33 billion Kogi State Government kept N19.33 billion bailout fund meant to pay salaries in Sterling Bank meant to yield interest and that the money was recovered to the CBN.
However, the Kogi State Government, which insisted that it did not open or create the said account with Sterling Bank, demanded from the EFCC, an apology and retraction of the commission’s statement.
In a release issued in Abuja on Saturday, which was signed by its Chairman, Mallam Ishaya Jato, the NYM also carpeted the EFCC for placing Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State under watchlist, saying that the commission’s action constitutes a clear affront on the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The youths said it was time the EFCC begins to act within the ambit of the laws of Nigeria and stop jumping to the media space, acting like a political tool.
The NYM wondered why no one has been put on trial if truly the EFCC claim on the alleged N19.33 billion fund was true.
They asked if in saner climes, a whooping sum of N19.33 billion bailout fund meant to pay workers salaries will be discovered to have been kept in a commercial bank account meant to yield interest and no one will be prosecuted.
The youths said questions as to where is the mandate letter from the Kogi State Government to open account number 0073572696 with Sterling Bank and who operated the account need to be answered.
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