… Battle the Bandits in your territory, leave Kukah- Sen Sani
The Order of The Knights of St. Mulumba Nigeria (KSM) has charged the Federal Government and critics to take the message of the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Rev Dr Matthew Hassan Kukah, as a serious piece of advice and work for the collective security of the country, reports Alexander Johnson Adejoh.
The KSM, a lay Catholic organization, in a statement last Tuesday, January 5, suggested a revisit of the 1960 Constitution of Nigeria, saying, ‘Let the nation listen to Bishop Kukah’s clarion call. Let Nigeria retrace her steps to the wisdom of our forefathers as enshrined in the 1960 Constitution, but with the new constituencies that define a secular Nigeria.’
In the statement signed by the Supreme Knight, Sir Diamond Ovueraye KSM, the organisation also called for a refocusing of the security system of the country and suggested that the country should put its collective security above regime security and yield to the necessity of a united Nigeria.
The KSM leader said it was joining what he called the legion of well-minded and patriotic Nigerians across ethno-religious lines to not only align with the liberation theological homily of Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, but to commend his courage and sincerity of telling the truth to power.
Sir Ovueraye said those who sought to distort Bishop Kukah’s clarion call and called for his arrest by the state security agents were in fact the agents of insecurity, oppressors of the downtrodden and perpetrators of hunger, deprivation, and divisiveness for pecuniary gains, rather than the pursuers of the nation’s collective security and drive for the restoration of a new Nigeria.
He decried what he termed the over-concentration of political power at the centre, noting that this had perpetuated the non-productive concept of National Cake through monthly fiscal distribution to the states and local governments in the style of what he called Father Christmas.
The Supreme Knight, on behalf of the body, called for clarity of Bishop Kukah’s Christmas message to the nation, and cautioned against what he called the mischief intended for the national distraction from the correct thrust of the message.
Additionally, Shehu Sani, a former Kaduna Central Senator, recently challenged the Northern youths to stop attacking Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, but to focus on fighting the bandits plaguing their region and stealing their peace.
Fides recalls that in his Christmas message, Bishop Kukah had accused the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Administration of nepotism, noting that Buhari had sacrificed the dreams of Nigerians on the altar of nepotism and Northern hegemony.
Responding to the clergy’s message, the Coalition of Northern Groups, CNG, had accused Kukah of attempting to destroy the quest for national integration by instigating violence.
Also, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of the Bishop. The forum described Kukah’s statement as unguarded and an open incitement to a military coup and insurrection against a democratically elected government.
But reacting to them, Senator Sani took to twitter and said; ‘My Dear Northern Youths, leave the Kukah in Sokoto and fight the Bandits in your shokoto.’