BMO To Kukah: Don’t Drag The Church Into Your Politics

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has advised the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, to refrain from dragging the Church into his activities outside the pulpit.

It also reiterated its demand for his withdrawal from the National Peace Committee.

BMO said this in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke in Abuja.

The group insisted that Kukah has to leave the Catholic Church out of his “reconciliation meeting” between former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar which he claimed was hijacked for political purposes.

“It was clear from the outset that the meeting was political and there was no way it could have been viewed differently at a time like this.

“We make bold to say that the animosity between former President Obasanjo and his estranged deputy has no bearing on national peace to the extent of warranting the Bishop’s intervention in view of the role he (Kukah) plays in the National Peace Committee. 

“Against this backdrop, we still sustain our insistence on Bishop Kukah voluntarily exiting the Committee.

“Of course, the Bishop has a duty to facilitate peace between two of his politician friends but we plead with him to leave the Catholic Church out of his defence. 

BMO however assured the Catholic Church that it holds it in high esteem and would not do anything to denigrate it.

“The Catholic Church is a respected, non-partisan spiritual institution that has continued to espouse non-partisanship in its relationship with Nigerians across all lines, historically and in contemporary times.

“Bishop Kukah’s rift-settling mission is however a realisation of his private desire and it should be seen as such. It is out of place to exhibit it as a mission initiated by the Catholic Church. 

“The turn of event at the so-called peace meeting in Abeokuta and after, has shown why religious leaders should stay away from politicians. 

“Bishop Kukah tried to excuse the backlash that trailed the meeting as unexpected politicisation but we, like many Nigerians, take this excuse with a pinch of salt; but then, it shows the extent to which some politicians could go to advance their self-interest and why religious leaders should take to heart the admonition of President Buhari not to involve themselves in politics.”

BMO noted that the Catholic Church had always maintained a neutral stance in the polity and expects that it would continue to play a moderating role in the run up to the 2019 elections.

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BMO Insists On Kukah’s Exit From Abdulsalami Peace Committee

Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has insisted that the Catholic Bishop of the Sokoto Diocese Matthew Kukah withdraw from the National Peace Committee led by former Head of State General Abdulsalam Abubakar.

BMO said in a statement by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke in Abuja that this is as a result of his open display of support for the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party Atiku Abubakar, despite his claims that it was not a political gathering he intended.

It noted that the Abdulsalam Abubakar-led committee is one that should be seen to be non-partisan because of the role it was meant to play in the run up to the 2015 election.

The group said; “We are surprised, like many Nigerians, to see Bishop Kukah in the company of the opposition candidate at a reconciliation meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, and later on claiming to be the strategic mind behind the reconciliation which we believe was targeted towards bringing the two parties together to fight the President Buhari administration.”

“This is not expected of a clergyman who is seen in some quarters as the alternate head of the National Peace Committee.

“He has shown his bias and as such cannot be trusted to be non-partisan.”

BMO dismissed claims by the Catholic Bishop that he was not aware of the political nature of the gathering as tales that no one will believe.

“The clergy man was the key figure behind the reconciliation and did this knowing that Atiku was a PDP Presidential aspirant.”

‘And if it is true that Bishop Kukah is insisting that he was only exercising his right to free movement, we are also demanding that having shown his hand, he has no reason to sit on a panel that is meant to be non-partisan.”

The Buhari Media Organisation added that it fully supports President Muhammadu Buhari’s admonition that religious leaders abstain from partisan politics.

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Photos: Tambuwal, Gowon, Kukah Visits Ex President Shehu Shagari In Sokoto

 L-R: Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, former President Shehu Shagari and former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (retd), when the visited visited Shagari at his residence in Sokoto.

Former Nigerian leaders, Shehu Shagari and Yakubu Gowon, when they met at Shagari’s residence in Sokoto.

Former Nigerian leaders, Shehu Shagari and Yakubu Gowon, when they met at Shagari’s residence in Sokoto.

Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Hassan Kukah, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, former President Shehu Shagari and former Head of State, Gen Yakubu Gowon (retd) at Shagari’s residence in Sokoto

L-R: A toast for life: Former Nigerian leaders Shehu Shagari and Yakubu Gowon, joined by Bishop Matthew Kukah as they gave a toast during Gowon’s visit to Shagari at his residence in Sokoto

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