Leaders who fear God cannot use stolen money to seek forgiveness in Saudi Arabia — Kukah raises dust again


Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, has once again raises dust with yet another criticism of leaders in the saying, Nigeria has been turned into a wasteland where people commit sins, then use same I'll-acquired wealth to fly out of the country to seek forgiveness in Saudi Arabia and Jerusalem.

In his sermon titled “A Nation in Search of Its Soul” at the wake for Archbishop Peter Yariyock Jatau at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cathedral, Kaduna, Kukah condemned the state of affairs in the country.

He said, "Nigeria has become a 'huge waste land, huge debris of the deceit, lies, treachery, double dealing and duplicity.'"

According to him, Nigerians sin at home by stealing the nation’s resources but seek repentance and forgiveness in Saudi Arabia and Jerusalem, Israel in the guise of lesser or higher pilgrimages. 

Kukah said, “Today, our dear nation is like the proverbial farmer searching for his black goat. He has to do it with a sense of urgency because darkness is setting in as the sun quickly recedes.

“Our nation has become one huge waste land, huge debris of the deceit, lies, treachery, double dealing and duplicity. Nigerian politicians have turned our politics into a huge trojan horse, a hoax, a hall of guile and dissimulation.

“The levels of frustration are rising by the day and we can see all this in the rise in domestic violence and inter-communal conflicts. A combination of all these has turned us unto a nation at war with itself. 

“Nigerians complain that the country is full of churches and mosques and they cannot find the values of these religions in everyday life. We sin at home by stealing the nation’s resources but we seek repentance and forgiveness in Saudi Arabia and Jerusalem in the guise of lesser or higher pilgrimages."

Kukah has recently caused similar disquiet in his Christmas message back in 2020, for accusing the Buhari administration of leading the country "into darkness" by "deliberately sacrificing the dreams of those who voted for him" to power.

Kukah then added saying, “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."
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