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The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Most Revd Matthew Kukah has asserted that the Federal Government has failed to handle the issue of security which it promised to do before taking over power.
The fiery priest stated this during his virtual presentation to the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in Washington, DC, on the persecution of Christians in Nigeria by armed extremist groups in the North.
According to him, the people are yet to see any tangible move towards tackling Nigeria’s insecurity which, according to him, has a religious undertone.
He stated that the people were agitated, adding that there was palpable fear and tension across the country.
The clergy, in his testimony before the US Congress Commission, claimed religious violence against Christians in Nigeria was a recurring experience of many years, but the spate of the attacks has risen steadily in the last 10 years.
According to Bishop Kukah, the extremists target mainly Christian schools in the North, “indoctrinate the children and end up converting the girls to wives, cooks, spies, sexual slaves and so on.
‘The story of Leah Sharibu suggests very clearly that there is, in many instances, a relationship between the conditions in which people find themselves and the faith they believe in.’
According to Bishop Kukah, ‘The last year 2020, some of our Priests in the North were killed. The extremists kidnapped our children and forcefully converted them to Muslims.
‘We have issued statements and called the attention of the government to our plight. We have also reached out to let the government know that we are willing to cooperate towards the greatness of our country.’
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK