The Southern Kaduna People’s Union (Youth Wing) has called the yearning of Nigerians for the arrest of the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese Most Rev (Dr) Matthew Hassan Kukah over his Christmas message as baseless and senseless.
Bishop Kukah accused the led-Buhari government of nepotism and insighting religious sentiment in his dealings.
He further said, “if a Christian President should have done half of what President Mohammadu Buhari has done, the northerners would have done anything to pull down walls”.
However, there were counter-reactions from political and religious leaders over Kukah’s statement, calling for his arrest as people believe that his statement can insight conflict.
The attention of the Youth Wing of Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU) has been drawn to a statement credited to Arewa Youths Consultative Forum signed by its national president Yerima Shetima, calling for the arrest of Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah over his Christmas day message where the Bishop out of love for country stated that “considering the gross nepotistic leadership style of the president and his administration, the president would have been long overthrown if he were to be a Non-Northern Muslim”.
We are however surprised and sadden that despite the visible failure of the Buhari administration evident in the high rate of kidnapping and banditry even in the president’s Katsina.
That despite the poor state of the Nigerian economy which has seen Nigeria plunged into recession for the second time in five years with a ridiculous foreign reserve and an embarrassing debt profile.
That despite clear signs of maladministration in Buhari’s administration evident in the fact that the administration has continuously bankrolled bandits and terrorist Boko Haram groups through the payment of ransoms and freeing of captured terrorist members under the guise of “repentant members”.
That despite the clandestine and lopsided composition of the security architecture of the country, the Arewa Youths Consultative Forum could be allowed itself to drown in the murky waters of tribalism, ethnic loyalty, and religious bigotry, choosing to look away from the realities of the North which has become a pool of blood and a yard of graves.
Yerima’s North is unarguably a valley of dry bones, a dent of terror and horror, and unquestionably the most insecure and dangerous part of the country where no one is safe including the President.
It is therefore unfortunate that the Arewa Youths Consultative Forum would call for the arrest of a Bishop who only pointed the obvious.
It thus appears that the Arewa Youths Consultative Forum is naive of historical facts.
It is therefore imperative to remind the forum that President Buhari in 1983 thwarted a democratically elected Government of Shehu Shagari citing Nepotism, insecurity, corruption, and the poor state of the economy all of which are worst today than they were in 1983.
It has become necessary therefore to state in clear terms that the entire youths of Southern Kaduna is distant and disassociates themselves from the Arewa Youths Consultative Forum’s call for the arrest of Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah, a call we all considers as not just baseless but senseless.
The Buhari administration is undoubtedly the greatest political and administrative fiasco Nigeria has had since independence.
While we the Youths and People of Southern Kaduna stand firmly with Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah and condemn any call for his arrest.
We are calling on all well-meaning Nigerians to speak out and save the country from sliding into a failed state as the signals are at the moment clearly visible to the blind and audible to the deaf
Comrade John Isaac
National Youth Leader
Southern Kaduna People’s Union.