—Kukah no longer fit to be part of National peace committee, BMO Says
YBTC NEWS—The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has flayed Catholic Bishop of the Sokoto Diocese Matthew Kukah for his involvement in the alleged endorsement of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
BMO said the cleric was longer fit to be part of the National Peace Committee led by former Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar for his partisanship.
The group accused the cleric of openly engaging in partisan politics by leading other religious leaders to seek former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s endorsement for Atiku, who is now Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate.
But Rev. FR. Kukah had said he only took part in a reconciliation process between Obasanjo and the former vice president and not an endorsement.
In a statement signed by its chairman, Niyi Akinsiju and secretary Cassidy Madueke, the group stressed that the Abubakar-led committee should be seen to be non-partisan because of the role it played in the run up to the 2015 election.
“We are surprised, like many Nigerians, to see Bishop Kukah in the company of the opposition candidate at a reconciliation meeting with former President Obasanjo, and later on claiming to be the strategic mind behind the reconciliation, which we believe was targeted towards bringing the two parties together to fight the President Buhari administration, BMO said.
“This is not expected of a clergyman, who is seen in some quarters as the alternate head of the National Peace Committee. He has shown his bias and as such cannot be trusted to be non-partisan.”
Dismissing the claim that he was not aware of the political nature of the gathering, the group said: “The clergyman was the key figure behind the reconciliation and did this knowing that Atiku was a PDP presidential aspirant.
“And if it is true that Bishop Kukah is insisting that he was only exercising his right to free movement, we are also demanding that having shown his hand, he has no reason to sit on a panel that is meant to be non-partisan.”
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