The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan Kukah, on Wednesday, June 2, criticised the Federal Government over its handling of the security situation across the country.
Kukah made this call during his sermon at Our Lady of Apostles Catholic Church, Independence Way, Kaduna at the obsequies of late Rev Fr. Alphonsus Yasshim Bello who was kidnapped and murdered on 21 May by suspected bandits.
In the words of Kukah, “Those who govern us are allowing this killing of citizens in their innocency; because they have no blood in their hearts.
“There is nowhere in the whole world where barbarity and killings of human lives as being manifested in Nigeria of today.
“There is nowhere citizens can be slaughtered in the whole world without the government; showing empathy and concern.
“The continuous barbaric slaughter and murder of our people in their innocency; suggest that our beautiful Presidential Villa, National Assembly, government houses are not evidence of civilization.”
“How did Nigeria come to this tragic situation? We know who they are, who they believed in; and where their inspiration comes from. The government has never declared the kidnappers to be terrorist groups.”
Kukah added, “Is it possible that you have a country where people have sworn with Qur’an and Bible to uphold the principle of governance; that they will do everything within their power to protect and defend the integrity of Nigerians; and also suddenly we are where we are today?”
Meanwhile, Sen. Ali Ndume (APC-Borno) has urged the Federal Government to establish at least a College of Education (CoE); in each of the 109 senatorial districts of the country.
Ndume said this when he spoke with newsmen on Wednesday, June 2, in Abuja at the sideline of a public hearing on bills for the establishment of the Federal College of Education, Gwoza in Borno, and Federal College of Education, Omuo-Ekiti in Ekiti State.
Ndume was the sponsor of the CoE Gwoza bill; while Sen. Biodun Olujimi (PDP-Ekiti) was the sponsor of the CoE Omuo-Ekiti bill.
“And by my estimate, an investment of like N1 billion per annum can take care of the modest tertiary institution like that; so I didn’t just say that off head.
“So, supposing we are going to establish one federal college of education in each senatorial district; and it will also cost N1 billion to run it every year which means with 109 billion allocated to that, it is doable,” he said.