“God bless Kukah for speaking truth to power always” – Nigerians attack Garba Shehu

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Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu’s response to Sokoto Catholic Bishop, Matthew Kukah’s Easter message has pitched him against many Nigerians on social media.

In his message that went viral on Sunday, Bishop Kukah said that the “Buhari administration sadly has divided our people on the basis of ethnicity, religion, and region, in a way that we have never witnessed in our history. This carefully choreographed agenda has made Nigerians vulnerable and ignited the most divisive form of identity consciousness among our people. Years of friendships, cultural exchange, and collaboration built over time have now come under serious pressure from stereotyping.”

He added that the government has “slid into hibernation mode” while bandits, kidnappers, and terrorists hold the citizenry to ransom.

The presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu responded in an article titled, Kukah’s virus of hate.

He said that the Catholic bishop, whom he accused of making President Buhari a “usual target”, “has been spreading hate for decades”.

According to him, instead of joining other Christians “remembering the Lord’s crucifixion on Friday, His descent on Saturday, His resurrection on Sunday, and subsequent appearance to his disciples, Bishop Matthew Kukah was playing politics”.

“This is not a time for religious leaders to play politics, or politicians to play religion. It is a time, as in Titus 3:9 to “avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless”.

“Yet Bishop Kukah used his sermon purposefully to make dissensions and quarrels about the law. His accusatory list against the government revealed only his hatred for them,” he wrote.

Garba Shehu stated that Kukah failed to show how Buhari divided Nigerians.

“Still, when he accused them of division, he gave no examples: merely assertions emanating from his own mouth. His allegation of ethnic and regional divide was innuendo without proof, and he gave none.

“His list of things he claims as broken – from churches to mosques to schools and motorways – belie all those that have been built, and others built anew during this government’s time in office,” the presidential aide explained.

However, many Nigerians who reacted to Garba Shehu’s article were not impressed.

The Herald brought you some reactions from Twitter:

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