Kukah: My Criticisms of President Buhari are not Personal

                       (Kukah and Buhari)

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Rev. Matthew Kukah has said that his criticisms of President Muhammadu Buhari are not personal. He added that although he often criticize the nation’s leader, he still picks his calls. The revered cleric made this statement during a chat with journalists at the St Bakhita Catholic Secretariat, Sokoto.

“All what I have been clamouring for are not personal. There are two issues that bothered me with this administration. One is the quantum of loss of lives and I don’t think there is anybody who is happy about this.

“The second is the allocation of position with favouritism and nepotism. One thing lacking in this administration is the inability to manage our sense of diversity. I have always been a critic of government before this administration and I stand on my challenge to those who don’t reason along with me to counter my position with superior argument.

“Nigerians are still to learn how to disagree on the disagreeable. We are still to learn how to debate without argument and we are still to agree that some of our best friends are those that criticize us. Criticism is not an abuse; it is what purifies democracy.

“If I pick up my phone and call Mr. President now he will pick it up. The other time he missed my calls, he called me back and we greeted each other. But you know some people cry more than the bereaved," Kukah said.

Kukah also said that Buhari’s aides who are too overzealous are the ones causing a wedge between him and President Buhari.

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