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Nigerians losing hope in government’s ability to protect them, says Kukah

 

Matthew Kukah, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto diocese, says
Nigerians are losing hope in the government to protect their lives.

 

Kukah said there is a war being waged against the Nigerian
state and the people.

 

The cleric, in a statement issued on Saturday over the
recent attacks in Plateau state, wondered why the northern part of the country
has become a “birthplace of so much bloodletting”.

 

“Sadly, with time, Nigerians are gradually losing hope in
the ability of their government to protect and secure them,” Kukah said.

On Christmas Eve, over 150 people were killed in 17
communities in Bokkos, Barkin-Ladi, and Mangu LGAs of Plateau state.

 

Several houses were destroyed by the gunmen during the
attacks, leaving many residents displaced.

 

After the attacks, the federal government promised that the
affected communities and victims would get justice.

 

‘OBJECTS OF MOCKERY’

Kukah said the killers have turned the Nigerian state and
security agencies into “objects of mockery”.

 

The cleric said Nigerians are taking “eerie solace” in the
fact that the killers do not respect the boundaries of religion and ethnicity.

 

“Those invisible men came to the Plateau again, bearing
their gifts of death and destruction. They came from the deepest pit of hell,
the habitat of the devils that they are. They are children of darkness, sons of
Satan,” Kukah said.

 

 “They opted to
extinguish and snatch the light of the joy of Christmas from thousands of
people on the Plateau. They imagined they would ignite an orgy of blood, seduce
the ordinary peace-loving people of the Plateau, and set them on a mission of
mindless murder of fellow citizens in the name of retaliation.

 

“The world would then say that this was a war of religion –
Christians killing Muslims – to ignite a larger war. So far, over two hundred
lives are gone, and we are still counting, but what next, where next, and who
next?

 

“We are gradually taking eerie solace in the fact that these
killers do not respect the boundaries of religion, region, or ethnicity. We
seem to be consoled that they are destroying churches, as well as mosques,
killing Christians, as well as Muslims.”

 

Kukah averred that Nigerians are humiliated and betrayed by
“those who are collaborating with these murderers and a government that seems
helpless”.

 

The cleric said the “culture of investigation as excuses
must end”, adding that Nigerians, including the media, must hold the government
accountable.

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