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The Catholic Bishops of Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province have expressed support for the statement of Rt. Rev. Dr Matthew Hassan Kukah, Catholic bishop of Sokoto Diocese, to the United States Congress, to the effect that President Muhammadu Buhari has failed woefully.

Recall that in his address to a United States congress committee, Kukah had accused President Muhammadu Buhari of showing preference to people of his religion, which according to him, has worsened the level of rivalry between Christians and Muslims.

Kukah came under fire from the presidency who accused him of trying to sow discord and strife among Nigerians.

However, in a communique after a meeting on Wednesday, the bishops from Ibadan Archdiocese, Ilorin, Ondo, Oyo, Ekiti, and Osogbo dioceses, expressed their support for Kukah’s statement.

“Bishop Kukah, in his patriotic and frank presentation, called attention to some verifiable data and statistics about the Nigerian situation on that privileged international platform. He spoke for authentic Christians and Muslims who are under persecution. No doubt, he intended to solicit the support of that forum which many Nigerians believe holds the promise of some assistance and relief from our current national crises,” they said.

“The Federal Government however has characteristically gone up in arms against the person of Bishop Kukah and his purpose. It is commonly said that when there is a problem in a democracy, more democracy is needed to solve it. Sadly enough, our current federal government does not seem to subscribe to this.

“For the sake of our democracy, that right, exercised with responsibility, must be protected. We support Bishop Kukah in his effort to unveil the truth about the Nigerian situation in order to ameliorate things. We call on the Nigerian government to learn not to see criticism as an attack or a crime.”

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