Jonathan Has Bowed to Boko Haram – Bishop Kukah
Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah, has lambasted President Goodluck Jonathan for marking Nigeria’s 52 independence anniversary at the Presidential Villa, instead of Eagle Square, which is the nation’s traditional ground.
The cleric in an interview with THISDAY in Sokoto yesterday said that Jonathan’s action was an indication that he had bowed to the Islamist sect, Boko Haram by choosing his Aso villa residence to mark the nation’s independence.
Kukah affirmed that: “The notion that the president cannot stand publicly and address Nigerians on the day of independence is unacceptable and an indication that he is not in charge.”
“Today we are celebrating independence in the Presidential Villa, who knows next time if it is threatened, we move into the council chambers and subsequently there would be no celebration.
“And this is not the kind of wrong message Nigerians want to receive because anytime the president gives an inch to such insurgent groups, he surrenders his legitimacy,” he said.
He insisted that instead of shunning the public celebration, the president would have used the celebration to encourage well-meaning Nigerians on security.
He added: “Jonathan should have used the independence anniversary to inspire Nigerians. He should have urged the people to laugh in the face of Boko Haram because if we show that we cannot celebrate independence because of the insurgents, then we are sharing power and territory with them.”
“This is a psychological war game, the president must demonstrate to foreign investors that he is open for business. But this celebration of independence in Aso Rock is not building any confidence on the part of citizens and foreigners alike,” he said.
Speaking further, the preacher maintained that Nigeria would have attained an enviable height after 52 years if not for the 30 years of military regimes in the that had caused more harm to the economic growth of the nation than good.
While calling on Northern leaders, he said that all hands be put on deck in order to bring back sanity to the volatile region. The cleric prayed God to keep the nation united.
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