Mathew Kukah, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, clarified on Wednesday that his criticisms of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari were strictly on a professional level.
As he explained, his main contention with the past president was his ineffective handling of the nation’s diversity.
Kukah pointed out that Femi Adesina, the former Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to ex-President Muhammadu Buhari, was simply carrying out his professional duties in his defense of the ex-president.
Kukah expressed surprise at some of the opinions shared by individuals who served under Buhari’s administration.
In an interview with Arise TV, Kukah stated, “Buhari has completed his term of service. I respect the fact that he understood that my comments were not personal. Adesina and his team had a responsibility to fulfill, regardless of the circumstances.
“I acknowledge this and I would hope that Pastor Adesina is aware that there is a Foursquare Gospel Church in Daura. It could be beneficial for him to serve there as a pastor, so he can maintain a close relationship with his mentor.”
Furthermore, Kukah emphasized that his issues with President Buhari were not of a personal or disrespectful nature. His concerns were based on some actions, primarily his handling of the nation’s diversity. He has heard some surprising comments from ministers who worked under Buhari’s administration, details of which he reserved for another time.
Commenting on President Bola Tinubu’s administration, Kukah noted that while six months may not be sufficient to evaluate a sitting president, it was reasonable for many to expect him to make an immediate impact given his extensive political experience.
Kukah stated, “I’m not defending anyone. I’m simply pointing out that the practice of relying on governors to suggest ministerial candidates and outside agencies to perform tasks typically carried out by the administration’s team is a departure from the norm.”
“In my view, it’s a court’s function to determine who gets admitted and when, based on the individual’s situation. Consequently, I concur with your perspective that by this time, you would have anticipated a clear plan comprising specific objectives, potential achievers, and a roadmap to get there.”
Nevertheless, Kukah believes the best approach is to persistently hold those in power responsible for their actions and to ensure they fulfill their commitments without excuses.
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He concluded by saying, “If you choose to participate in an election and are elected as a result, you must be prepared to bear the consequences of that choice. This entails continuously demanding accountability from our leaders. This is why I advocate for transparent engagement mechanisms. Additionally, we can aid in clarifying government policies by identifying what needs to be accomplished and the direction the country should take.”
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