Monday, December 14, 2015

Bishop Kukah Urges Nigerian President to Dialogue With Pro-Biafra Groups

 Highly revered Catholic Bishop, Hassan Kukah has spoken out about the pro-Biafra agitations that has been staring up disturbances in recent times in Nigeria.
President Buhari and Bishop Kukah

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, has advised the Federal Government to handle the pro-Biafra agitation with utmost care, stating that the agitators were entitled to their request, therefore, must not be crucified for it.
According to Daily Post, Kuka called on the government to draw the leader of the group close and dialogue with him, instead of force.  Speaking on the topic: “The Pursuit of Happiness: Some Thoughts On Human Rights, Freedom And Justice In Nigeria,” at the 41st Convocation Lecture of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, the priest urged President Muhammadu Buhari to have a round table discussion with Kanu and his fellow activists, in order to maintain peace.
Kuka who stressed that the arrest of Kanu by security operatives resulted in heavy protests across the globe, affirmed that no governor in Nigeria could command the number of people that the pro-Biafra leader brought out without any form of inducement.
He said: “This country cannot continue this way. The Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has the right to seek Biafra since we have freedom of expression. The problem of Nigeria should not be with Kanu but with those who let the door open.
“The President of Nigeria or any governor, unless he pays, cannot bring the number of people that Kanu brought out.
“The anxiety of Nigeria should be that a young man (Kanu) who can bring out this great number of people is worth doing business with.”
The bishop called on Nigerians, especially politicians, to discard lust for power and greed for material gain, saying they do not bring happiness.
He said: “The world can provide for the need of everybody but cannot provide for the greed of everybody.”

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