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Should We Be Fighting Or Greeting Each Other? – Bishop Kukah Asks During Aso Rock Visit




President Muhammadu Buhari has praised the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Hassan Kukah for deciding to choose peace.

Buhari, while receiving members of the Executive members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) on Wednesday described the clergyman as a vigorous fighter.

Naija News recalls that Kukah, in his 2022 Christmas message had said that everything in Buhari’s administration had failed woefully.

The Bishop complained about nepotism, favoritism and breach of federal character in Buhari’s administration.
He noted that Buhari has failed in fulfilling his campaign promises to Nigerians.

He lamented that the president’s broken promises had left the citizenry vulnerable.

But in a riposte titled: Kukah, Don’t Cook Me Nonsense, by the Special Adviser Media and Publicity to the President, Femi Adesina tackled Kukah, noting that if Kukah was succeeding in his duty as a priest, then his adherents should be less prone to corruption, and the leviathan should have been slain, or badly wounded.

Mr Adesina equally noted that “corruption is still the monster the Bishop claims it is, then he, too, is failing as a moral authority and guide”.

However, it seems like the duo has buried the hatchet as Adesina stated that when the clergyman saw him at the state house during a visit, pulled him, and started laughing, asking whether they should be fighting or greeting each other.

Read the statement below:


Matthew Hassan Kukah, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, was among Executive members of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) who visited President Muhammadu Buhari at State House, Abuja, on Wednesday, January 11, 2023.

“Recall that at Christmas, the Bishop had given a homily that was unduly critical of the President, and which was filled with inexactitudes. I had responded via an article entitled; Kukah, Don’t Cook Me Nonsense.

“When the Bishop came into the Council Chamber, venue of the visit, he pulled me, and started laughing, asking whether we should be fighting or greeting each other.

“We laughed heartily. During group photographs, the President, never holding malice against anyone, shook hands with the Bishop, describing him as “most vigorous fighter.”

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“After it all, the Bishop invited me for a personal picture with him. Bishop Kukah was cooking peace this time, and how refreshing it was.”