Kukah offended many with controversial comments on Buhari – Presidency

Kukah reveals why Nigerians are pained about Buhari's government
Kukah and Buhari

By Kazeem Ugbodaga

The presidency on Wednesday said Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Hassan Kukah has offended many people with his controversial remarks against the government and the person of President Muhammdu Buhari.

A statement issued by Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, however, said some people had even accused him of voicing anti-Islamic rhetoric.

“Father Kukah has greatly offended many with his controversial remarks against the government and the person of the President, with some even accusing him of voicing anti-Islamic rhetoric,” the statement said.

The presidency added that on matters such as these, responsible leadership in any society must exercise restraint, saying that knee-jerk reactions would not only cause the fraying of enduring relationships, but also the evisceration of peaceful communities such as Sokoto, the headquarters of the Muslim community as beacon of pluralism and tolerance.

“The Sultanate has historically had good relations with followers of all faiths. That is why Father Kukah was received on his arrival in Sokoto with friendship and tolerance,” it said.

The presidency, however, said the reported ultimatum by a group based in Sokoto, “Muslim Solidarity Forum,” calling on Kukah to tender an unreserved apology to the entire Muslim Ummah over his recent “malicious comments” against Islam, or quietly and quickly leave the state, was wrong because it is not in line with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Under our Constitution, every citizen has the right to, among others, freedom of speech and expression, the right to own property and reside in any part of the country, and the right to move freely without any inhibitions. Nigeria’s strength lies in its diversity.

“The right for all religions to co-exist is enshrined in this country’s Constitution. The duty of the government, more so, this democratic government, is to ensure that the Constitution is respected. But all must respect the rights and sensitivities of their fellow Nigerians,” it said.

The presidency said “under our laws, groups or factions must not give quit notices, neither should they unilaterally sanction any perceived breaches. Where they occur, it is the courts of law that should adjudicate. Unilateral action is not the way to go.

“Groups such as the Muslim Solidarity Forum must be seen to share and uphold the country’s multi-religious principles. And individuals like Father Kukah must respect the feelings of his fellow Nigerians in his private and public utterances.”



  1. Hogwash! First of all, who cares what the Presidency said. Kukah has not offended anyone. He has the right to speak his mind. You clowns forgot the meaning of FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Cry babies.

  2. Kukah is a disgrace to our church. Noisy and empty. If he thinks he is popular let him contest ordinary council election.He won’t win. Let him ask Kanye West who got only 66,000 out of 150 million votes, or Sowore who got 35,000 votes out of 30* million votes.Bottomline is- talk is cheap.

  3. Any muslim who feel offended by what Kukah said is only sick, myopic and stack illiterate especially the fanatics among them.

    We pray that God should divide this country because we people of South West cant afford co-habiting with these illiterate and nuisance.

    We love what Kukah said and anybody who is not satisfied can jump into the Lagoon.

  4. Evil only persists for a long time when honest men elect to be silent. If Garba Shehu is oblivious of all the inanities of this government then he should resign. The media hype of this government cannot save them. For your information, no activity of this government is hidden. Nigerians have been deceived by this government for not keeping to their promise to restore Nigeria. I think Garbage Shehu should rather advise his boss and the APC government to apologize to Nigerians for their failure to put Nigeria on sound pedestal. What Kuka said about this government is not news even to the blind. Why defending your inefficiencies and ineptitude? APC have erred. If Nigeria were to be USA Buhari and his cabinet would have been in jail.

  5. Kukah said what millions of Nigerians know but afraid or reluctant to say, apparently out of ethnic leaning, prejudices, political expediency and or pecuniary considerations.

    I’m saddened that the federal government as usual is trying to introduce religious colorations and dimensions into otherwise well informed constructive criticism and advice.

    What a divisive and tribalized ruler. What an agent of disaffection, obstruction, oppression, brutality, injustices, lopsidedness, improprieties, absurdities insensitivities, intolerance and callousness.

    What a situation. I take a stroll. Nonsense.

  6. Kukah didn’t offend me because all the issues, items and problems he highlighted are true and the so called president or presidency or Aso Rock had not put out any facts to contradict him. Even in court of law the defense attorneys will bring forth evidence to prove the prosecutors wrong. A good government and working government and government that is sincere and not bigoted or in favor of one section of the country would have put out facts statistics to prove their case. Who are the people that Kukah offended?. We can only build a better by being honest irrespective of party affiliations.

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