SAN FRANCISCO, April 01, (THEWILL) – Mathew Kukah, Bishop of Sokoto diocese of the Catholic church, has stated that President Muhammadu Buhari has fallen short of expectations.
In a letter to the President, the cleric said during his campaign, Buhari promised to fight corruption and make the nation secure but noted that sadly, this hasn’t materialized.
Bishop kukah reminded the President that the country is being divided by religion and ethnicity, which he believes threaten the very foundation of the nation saying Nigerians have never been so alienated from one another.
“I believe that this country is so split both vertically and horizontally today that all of us must honestly identify our many sins of omission and commission so that we can honestly seek a solution.
“This is a time for us to genuinely face what looks to me like an impending calamity. The gathering clouds are clear for us to see and even those who cannot see can hear the rumbling and rolling sound of thunder. We ignore them at our own risk.
“You know sir, that you rode into town like a knight in shining armour, carrying the joys, pains, anxieties and fears of a people whose broken dreams had littered and turned the landscape into a kaleidoscopic scenery of desolation and despair.
“In your campaigns, you promised to restore a sense of national pride in us by slaying the dragon of corruption, banishing the retrogressive scourge of Boko Haram, bringing back our daughters from Chibok and making our country and citizens truly safe.
“We waited in hope right to the end of the first year, but somehow, amidst some hazy weather, all we heard was the sound of screeching tyres with the plane carrying our hopes seemingly unable to take off.
“It finally did but we had barely gained altitude when sickness struck and you spent the better part of a year seeking healing.
“The nation prayed for you and miraculously, you recovered. Evidently, you had been saved for a purpose. Our prayer is that this realisation will help you understand that you have a date with history and divine judgment.
“For now, before your eyes and in your hands, our country, our communities, our people are all in a state of stupor.
“We have never felt so alienated from one another. The bogeyman of religion, region and ethnicity, which we thought we had overcome by the sheer nature of your support base, has come back with a vengeance to haunt and threaten the very foundation of our existence.
“Mr President, you are too distant from your people. There is a sad feeling that you do not share in the pain and suffering of your people.
“You must very quickly find a way of connecting with your people before the devil takes over the space. For taking on this challenge and connecting with Nigerians.”
For the citizens he warned them against being manipulated by politicians, the businessmen/women, the religious leaders, and to defend their dignity as human beings and children of God.
“Defend your dignity as human beings and children of God. Do not allow the rich and powerful, who are rich because you are poor, to divide you.
“Rise and defend your right to food, health, shelter and the rest, because poverty is not a divine inheritance.
“Easter teaches us the message of love and of gentleness and of true strength. It tells us that to defend oneself does not mean to turn to violence or to any other misdeed or evil.
“But it means to recognize one’s dignity as a child of God and remember that each one is created and called to enjoy the fullness of life,” he stated.
Kukah is following the steps of Former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Babangida who have also written open letters to Buhari.