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Northern Muslims Favoured In The Military Under Buhari — Bishop Kukah

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Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah

Daniel Ojukwu

Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, on Tuesday accused the Buhari administration of favouring northern muslims in the military.

He said the President had disregarded national interest and promoted nepotism in the military.

Kukah said this in a sermon at the Good Shepherd Major Seminary, Kaukau in Kaduna before the burial of Michael Nnadi who was killed by kidnappers.

Kukah highlighted the President’s 2015 promise of security if elected.

Five years down the line, Kukah’s verdict on the Buhari administration was that nepotism had creeped into the military.

Kukah said Buhari at Chatham House in London before 2015 elections, said, “I (Buhari) as a retired general and a former Head of State have always known about our soldiers. They are capable and they are well trained, patriotic, brave and always ready to do their duty. If I am elected President, the world will have no reason to worry about Nigeria. Nigeria will return to its stabilizing role in West Africa.

“We will pay sufficient attention to the welfare of our soldiers in and out of service. We will develop adequate and modern arms and ammunition. We will improve intelligence gathering and border patrols to choke Boko Haram’s financial and equipment channels. We will be tough on terrorism and tough on its root causes by initiating a comprehensive economic development and promoting infrastructural development…we will always act on time and not allow problems to irresponsibly fester. And I, Muhammadu Buhari, will always lead from the front.”

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He said the country had believed him and voted him in on moral grounds.

The cleric stated, “No one in that hall or anywhere in Nigeria doubted the President who ran his campaign on a tank supposedly full of the fuel of integrity and moral probity. No one could have imagined that in winning the Presidency, General Buhari would bring nepotism and clannishness into the military and the ancillary security agencies, that his government would be marked by supremacist and divisive policies that would push our country to the brink.

“This President has displayed the greatest degree of insensitivity in managing our country’s rich diversity. He has subordinated the larger interests of the country to the hegemonic interests of his co-religionists and clansmen and women.

“The impression created now is that to hold a key and strategic position in Nigeria today, it is more important to be a northern Muslim than a Nigerian.”

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