Kukah to critics: I have no problem with Buhari, but leadership style

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah: replies critics
Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah: replies critics

Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Most Rev.Matthew Hassan Kukah said he has no personal problem with President Muhammadu Buhari.

The problem he has is with his leadership style.

Kukah spoke with reporters as he responded to the welter of criticism against him and the state of the nation address he delivered on Christmas Day.

He vehemently denied calling for a coup in the opinion he expressed, saying his message has been twisted by a section of the media.

“It is unfair for a journalist or news medium to report that I called for a coup while expressing my personal views about Nigeria.

“I have no iota of grudge with President Muhammadu Buhari, but what I strictly and categorically said was that using religion as a tool for playing politics is unacceptable and would not be accepted,” Kukah said.

He added that his comments were not intended to cause any disaffection.

“My message was an opinion and for the love of the country,” he said, emphasising that he reserved the right to express his views on national issues.

“I am a Northerner, born and brought up in Barnawa village, a suburb of Kaduna and I hold no grudges against any northerner, be it Muslim or Christian,” Kukah said.

He lamented the loss of lives due to rising insecurity.

“I am pained and sad that my critics fail to see that.

“The loss of lives in the last 10 years and even before the advent of the current government calls for concern.”

The cleric said he hoped for a country where justice, peace and fairness will prevail.

On criticisms of his comments, he said: “The reactions are a reflection of every citizen that makes up the country.

“I am someone who doesn’t take offence in what others say about me.

“What I said was my opinion based on evidence and the happenings in the country and if you look into the records, there is evidence that justifies that statement, and if anyone thinks I am wrong, they should come out with a superior position.”

“Whatever I said can please or displease anyone, but that is my own opinion and doesn’t stop others from saying their own opinion. If you think my motive is wrong, say yours,” he told reporters.

“The truth is that a lot of us have not seen a priest saying what I am saying. The truth of the matter is, we are all in politics, but party politics for me, no.

“I am not a member of any political party and I cannot be. If it comes to voting, I exercise my right,” the Bishop said.


  1. Buhari’s leadership style stinks to high heaven.

    He is obviously the worst President Nigeria ever had, even going down to history and records of failed President all over the world in the last 500 years, Buhari would easily won award as the worst President ever to preside over the affairs of any country.

    His nepotism is evidently the cause of general insecurity and disaffection in Nigeria.

    He has successfully made his fulani herdsmen killers untouchables and above the law.

    One thing I know for sure, nothing lasts forever. Not even the cries and agony of thousands of Nigerians families grieving and moaning under the atrocities of Buhari’s Fulani herdsmen killers who move from state to state abducting, raping, butchering Nigerians and subsequently razing farmlands without arrests and prosecutions.

    What a Failed President. What a tribalist. What a CLANNISH and sadistic ruler.

    What a situation. I take a stroll. Nonsense.

  2. The truth they say is bitter. Those criticizing bishop kukah are those benefitting from Buhari style of governance. So long as it is to their advantage it is alright. But they should know nothing last forever and when the changes eventually comes, they will be the worst for it. The only drawback will be the irreparable damages that would have been done.

    • Why must he keep quiet? You forgot Freedom of Speech. Go back and read what Bishop Kukah said. I was an early supporter of President Buhari and I completely agree with the Bishop. President Buhari’s leadership style stinks with a D grade. Bishop Kukah has the right to speak his mind. Happy New Year in advance.

  3. It appears Buhari is of a twisted mind. Here is a man who calls for national cohesion but continues to practice nepotism and regionalism. Where and when will those two meet.

  4. Well said Bishop. The Almighty God will judge every one according to his or her deeds. Let President Buhari carries on and be deceived by himself and the people around him who suppose to tell him the truth. One thing I know for sure is after death is judgement and there will be no repentance. At his age when he knows death can come at any time and no one , I say again no one can deceive The Almighty God . And He is not the respeter of any man.

    ” He who kills by the sword will die by the sword one day”

    It is well with Nigeria

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