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Kukah: There could have been coup if a non-northern president practised nepotism like Buhari

Kukah: There could have been coup if a non-northern president practised nepotism like Buhari
December 25
20:13 2020

Matthew Kukah, bishop of Sokoto Catholic diocese, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of nepotism.

In his Christmas message on Friday, the bishop said there could have been a coup if a non-northern Muslim president does a fraction of what Buhari did.

He accused the president of institutionalising northern hegemony by “reducing others in public life to second-class status”.

“This government owes the nation an explanation as to where it is headed as we seem to journey into darkness,” he said.


“The spilling of this blood must be related to a more sinister plot that is beyond our comprehension. Are we going to remain hogtied by these evil men or are they gradually becoming part of a larger plot to seal the fate of our country?

“President Buhari deliberately sacrificed the dreams of those who voted for him to what seemed like a programme to stratify and institutionalise northern hegemony. He has pursued this self-defeating and alienating policy at the expense of greater national cohesion.

“Every honest Nigerian knows that there is no way any non-Northern Muslim President could have done a fraction of what President Buhari has done by his nepotism and gotten away with it.


“There would have been a military coup a long time ago or we would have been at war. The President may have concluded that Christians will do nothing and will live with these actions.

“He may be right and we Christians cannot feel sorry that we have no pool of violence to draw from or threaten our country. However, God does not sleep. We can see from the inexplicable dilemma of his North.”


  1. iwuoha Onyebuchi
    iwuoha Onyebuchi December 26, 07:05

    What the bishop said is the truth and nothing but the truth, but the fact is that no one will heed to what he pointed out.
    Those who will ever expect something positive in the government of Buhari are only infants or the dead.Buhari and APC government can never offer anything worth while.

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  2. Lawal
    Lawal December 26, 09:32

    I wish other prominent stakeholders in the Nigerian project will rise and join their voices to this and save Nigeria from the brink of annihilation and total collapse. Indeed, Buhari has inflicted irreversible damage to the fabric of our nationhood.

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    • Jips International
      Jips International December 26, 10:37

      Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

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    • Royal
      Royal December 26, 13:04

      May God Judge ALL THE PEOPLE INVOLVED in this sacrilegious acts of mayhem and carnigious and capricious government and save us.

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    • Rochet
      Rochet December 27, 08:42

      The Bishop Kukah said a simple but bitter truth.

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  3. Benbe
    Benbe December 26, 10:20

    Much as I admire Father Kukah for his candour, I do not agree with him on this submission. Coups are no longer fashioable whether in Nigeria or elsewhere and I think this is the major reason why there won’t be coup in Nigeria now or in future. We all saw how coup plotters in Mali were treated
    Most Nigerians engage in nepotism in one way or the other and for us to see a meaningful change whether in governance or our daily live, we must change our attitude generally.

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    • O -Shine
      O -Shine December 26, 15:56

      Bishop Kukah was in no way endorsing coups.
      He was calling attention to the unprecedented level to which Buhari has taken his act of nepotism
      No other Nigerian leader has ever descended to that level. AND NONE EVER WILL

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  4. Whykay
    Whykay December 26, 11:07

    The impunity is unprecedented.

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  5. Peter Nwokolo
    Peter Nwokolo December 26, 11:13

    Rev father Mathew Hassan Kukah, is a rare Nigerian of impeccable character as well as a patriot. He speaks truth to authority & remains committed to a Nigeria, that will benefit all its citizens. His words are words of wisdom & I pray that, God Almighty will continually empower & strengthen him, so that our leaders will take his advise & admonitions & tow the path of peace unity. Truth, they say, is bitter but pervious.

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    • Tj
      Tj December 27, 07:15

      God bless kukah for speaking the truth
      Let others men of God speak also and not be afraid.

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  6. Mu'azu H Wali
    Mu'azu H Wali December 26, 13:38

    The man of God has spoken. Of course that’s an opinion shared by those that see nothing good from this administration.
    He should however note that he can’t wear a Catholic cloak and talk politics to Nigerians especially from the pulpit of Catholic flocks.

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    • Eddy
      Eddy December 27, 22:27

      So it is only in Islam that you can wear a religious cloak and still talk politics? People are waking up to the reality of religion being the moral high ground for political correctness. The bishop is on point sir. If it is comfortable for an Islamic scholar to call out the government for wrongdoing then the Bishop should be entitled to do same

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  7. King Salmon
    King Salmon December 27, 02:19

    He spoke the truth. The reality on ground, so in what way has Catholic cloak done wrong?

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  8. Tofa
    Tofa December 27, 08:10

    Why not!
    Islamic clerics do on a daily basis. wear the cloaks of holy Islam and stand on many a pulpit to talk politics. Some of them literally campaigned for this government to be voted in as a form of jihad.
    Now, we actually expect clerics of both religious persuasions to always use their God given voices to say the truth.
    The bishop has said his piece and it is a reflection of the truth of what is happening in the country, namely, brazen nepotism with no care at all for competence and fairness, hence this is the worst, least achieving, ideas bereft cabinet in the last 3 decades.

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  9. SweetMango
    SweetMango January 14, 22:01

    Some have voice but cannot talk. Some can talk but has no voice. We have voice and we can talk glory be to the oh Lord!

    Let the man of God be …and ye shall speak the truth and it shall set you free.

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