As Nigerian Christians celebrate and Muhammadu Buhari spends his last Christmas as the nation’s president, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah has expressed his perception and that of most Nigerians of Buhari-led administration.
Kukah in his 2022 Christmas message titled, “Nigeria: Let Us Turn A New Page” on Sunday, said citizens had faced much more challenges than they ever faced during any government that ever reigned in the country.
According to the Bishop, also the corruption that Nigerians thought Buhari would fight had actually become a leviathan, with attendant consequence of a government marked by nepotism.
He added that while Buhari had failed to keep to his promises that he made to Nigerians during his campaign in 2014, the president was leaving Nigerians far more vulnerable than he met them in 2015.
Expressing happiness that Buhari’s health had improved through medical trips abroad, Kukah wished that millions of Nigerians enjoyed a fraction of Buhari’s enhanced health through access to better healthcare services in the country.
“Mr President Sir, a merry Christmas to you and your entire family. I speak for myself and Nigerians when I say, we thank God that He mercifully restored you to good health. We know that you are healthier now than you were before. We can see it in the spring in your steps, the thousands of miles you have continued to cover as you travel abroad. May God give you more years of good health.
“However, I also wish that millions of our citizens had a chance to enjoy just a fraction of your own health by a measurable improvement in the quality of healthcare in our country. It is sad that despite your lofty promises, you are leaving us far more vulnerable than when you came, that the corruption we thought would be fought has become a leviathan and sadly, a consequence of a government marked by nepotism.
“In my Christmas Message last year, I pointed out the fact that you had breached the Constitution by your failure to honour and adhere to the federal character provisions of our Constitution. The evidence is all before us all,” he stated.