President Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, has advised Rev Mathew Kukah to join politics (247 News).
Most Rev Mathew Kukah is the Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Sokoto, who criticized Buhari’s government on Sunday.
He was delivering his Easter Sunday homily at the Holy Family Cathedral Sokoto.
In the sermon, as reported by Naija Post, Kukah likened Nigeria to a broken down emergency hospital filled to the brim.
Besides, Kukah said the Federal Government is not committed enough to release captives in the hands of kidnappers.
Also, he lambasted the government at the centre for failing to keep the public universities open.
Femi Adesina Reacts
While reacting to Kukah’s message, Mr Femi Adesina, who is the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, said Kukah was one of those that divided the country with unguarded speeches.
He wrote on his Twitter handle;
“Those who divided Nigeria with their mouths, with evil, unguarded speaking, are the ones now accusing President Buhari.
“How sad! Their wicked intentions shall not come to pass.”
Garba Shehu’s Detailed Response
Mr Garba Shehu gave an elaborate response to Rev Kukah’s message.
In a statement released on Monday night titled, ‘Kukah’s Virus of Hate’, Shehu advised religious leaders to desist from playing politics.
Also, he advised politicians not to engage a playing religion at this time in the nation’s history.
In addition, he rebuked the cleric for using the Easter season to engage in playing politics and spreading his hate message.
Furthermore, he challenged Kukah to show proof of ethnic as well as regional divide in the country as he claimed.
“We respectfully ask Bishop Kukah to leave government to the voters and the politicians they elect, while he concentrates on his job.
“Or else, he should put away his clerical garb, join partisan politics and see how far he can go.”
Mr Garba Shehu said on behalf of the Presidency (247 News).