BISHOP Matthew Kukah, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, has raised alarm over growing insecurity across the country. He said the unending activities of Fulani herdsmen are capable of dividing this country. He said if he has his ways he will cease to be a Nigerian because there is no sense of nationhood.
According to him, how can someone explain the audacious impunity of a certain section of this country? “They can intimidate everybody even a sitting president and get away with it. When Goodluck Jonathan was president he was literally harassed by this same people until they sent him packing and we thought they will be appeased. But a las we were mistaken.
“Now how do I love a country where a murderous terrorist group like the herdsmen acclaimed even internationally as deadly is being openly defended by a government that wants my loyalty.
“Do you know as I make this comment, a first class Chief of Bokkos LGA in Plateau state was murdered by a certain group of Fulanis almost a year now and no one has been arrested not to talk of prosecution; there are many villagers in my parish who cannot go to farm again except to farm in their backyard because their farms have been forcefully annexed by their Fulani murderers; that in Bokkos a wife and a daughter can be taken away right before her husband or father and be repeatedly raped then released at the convenience of the barbaric Fulani tribesmen and no one dares talk; police will advise you to go and settle the matter through dialogue? I want independence from a country where terrorists are embraced and agitators are terrorized.
“At the slightest excitement Hausa or Fulani man can kill you and get away with it; it has happened and continues to happen, but when you gear up to defend yourself because security will not, then you are caught by the same security, who will lecture you on how to be peaceful and law abiding. This country will end unless there is justice for all. Rubbish! I hate the lie that Nigeria is. Let’s say the truth and die, but it is what will set us free. Nigeria is negotiable to me the oppressed even if it’s not to the oppressor and that is normal.
“Anyone who thinks the Biafra agitation is a nuisance and irritating should know that it is not the collective aspiration of all Igbos, but especially that no one has the monopoly of nuisance. Nuisance begets nuisance. When you stay with potash loaders you too will share in their dusty hair. It is in this country that the same standards are not held against all.
“Some can get away with anything but others cannot get away with something. I shudder at those who blame the agitators for agitating. Everyone knows what is good for them. If you don’t know what is good for you then shut up and don’t obstruct those who know what is good for them. If I have my way I will cease to be a Nigerian because there is no sense of nationhood. Those who have leverage over others use it to oppress them,” he said.
– Jan. 28, 2020 @ 17:29 GMT |