- The Catholic bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, has denied penning a viral article expressing support for the agitation for secession
- The article credited to Kukah had bashed those who were against the agitation by IPOB, while also faulting the political system in the country
- However, the cleric released a disclaimer stating categorically, that he had absolutely nothing to do with the piece
Matthew Hassan Kukah, the Catholic bishop of Sokoto Diocese, has denied writing an article in favor of the agitation by the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
According to reports, the cleric released a strongly worded statement on Friday, October 6, distancing himself from the article which is trending on social media.
He stated: “Here is a disclaimer for notice of the general public.
“There is a spurious and an untitled piece credited to me about Biafra which is enjoying wide circulation on the social media.
“I have nothing to do with it.”
The article which was credited to Kukah expressed support for the Biafra agitation, and faulted the Nigerian political system.
It read in part: “Anyone who thinks the Biafra agitation is a nuisance and irritating should know that it is not the collective aspiration of all Igbos but especially that no one has the monopoly of nuisance.
“Nuisance begets nuisance. When you stay with potash loaders you too will share in their dusty hair.
“It is in this country that the same standards are not held against all. Some can get away with anything but others cannot get away with something.
“I shudder at those who blame the agitators for agitating. Everyone knows what is good for them. If you don’t know what is good for you then shut up and don’t obstruct those who know what is good for them.
“If I have my way I will cease to be a Nigerian because there is no sense of nationhood. Those who have leverage over others use it to oppress them.
“Otherwise, how can you explain the audacious impunity of a certain section of this country? They can intimidate everybody; even a sitting president, and get away with it.
“When GEJ was president he was literally harassed by this same people until they sent him packing and we thought they will be appeased. But alas, we were mistaken!”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Matthew Kukah, the Catholic bishop of Sokoto Diocese, added his voice to the agitation for a sovereign state by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
The cleric chided IPOB for wanting to split the nation, and urged Nigerians to take on the challenge of making the nation great.
Inside Nnamdi Kanu's room after Operation Python Dance 11 - on NAIJ.com TV: