The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, has said it stands with Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Matthew Kukah on the Christmas message to Nigerians.
PFN, in its statement, warned the Federal Government not to make Kukah a sacrificial lamb for speaking the truth.
Recall that Kukah, in his message, accused President Buhari of nepotism, adding that he is sacrificing the Nigeria dream for the north’s pleasure.
According to the respected cleric, if a non-Northern Muslim were the President doing the same thing Buhari is doing, there would have been a war or coup in the country.
The statement ignited some reactions from groups such as APC, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, and MURIC, which condemned the cleric for his statements.
Felix Omobude, the PFN President, while speaking in Benin, said Bishop Kukah should be commended for saying the minds of millions of Nigerians.
PFN wondered it is only in Nigeria that one cannot speak against the government and go free without being persecuted.
The PFN president noted that people have been insulting POTUS Donald Trump but never got sued, but the Buhari administration has taken people to court for insulting President Buhari.
Omobude said, “Kukah spoke on what is in the minds of most Nigerians and should be commended for voicing out when others kept quiet when things were getting out of control.
“Well, I appreciate Bishop Kukah. I do not think we have interacted one-on-one, but if you follow him, you will know that he is down to earth when it has to do with telling the truth.”
“Bishop Kukah is an advocate of democracy, so he could not have been calling for the military overthrow of the government. The issues that he raised are very glaring.
“Now, it is only in this country that you can’t talk against the government and go free. What is the dust for?
“I know that the Minister of information is paid for his job, but he should be honest enough to face certain truths.
“People call Mr. Trump all kinds of names, and never has anybody been sued for insulting him, but people have been sued in Nigeria for insulting the President.
“Bishop Kukah should be seen as a patriot and not a sacrificial lamb. He is not a hater of government, but he is a lover of truth. I stand wholeheartedly on his views,” Omobude added.
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