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Bishop Mathew Kukah has wade into the Christmas day slaughter of ten Christians accused the Nigerian government of utilizing totally different strategies to attain the identical objective of Islamic dominance like Boko Haram.
He remarked while reacting to the 25th December beheading of 10 individuals suspected to be Christians by rampaging extremists in Nigeria.
Kukah,who is the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, in his swift with the government of Nigeria, further in contrast with the Boko Haram, said the one distinction is that the later makes use of a bomb to attain their goals.
He condemned the Christmas eve assault by the Islamic State West Africa Province, and that of Boko Haram on Christmas Day.
A press assertion from the Bishop’s media staff on Tuesday night quoted him as speaking in the UK with Catholic Charity Aid to the Church in Need.
He said, “The only difference between the government and Boko Haram is (that) Boko Haram is holding a bomb.
“They are using the levers of power to secure the supremacy of Islam, which then gives more weight to the idea that it can be achieved by violence. With the situation in Nigeria, it is hard to see the moral basis they have to defeat Boko Haram.
“They have created the conditions to make it possible for Boko Haram to behave the way they are behaving,” he added.
Bishop Kukah stated that the Nigerian authorities, by packing key government positions with hardline Muslims, gave tacit approval to such groups.
“If the people in power don’t do enough to integrate Christians then they give oxygen to Islamism.
“If they have countries where everybody is Muslim in power then you give vent to the idea that Islam should be supreme.”
He, nonetheless, hit out in opposition to western nations, who, he mentioned, are pleased to mine the assets of Africa however not able to defend its people.
Western nations are not doing enough. They have shown that the resources of Africa are more important than ordinary people.
“Clearly, the Western nations could have reduced the influence of Boko Haram by 80 or 90 percent but they have deliberately not done enough.”
Bishop Kukah mentioned the one factor stopping Nigeria from being engulfed in a civil struggle was the peaceful tenets of Christianity.
“Christians have every reason to feel insecure, also there is a general feeling of their marginalisation from the political process. If the principles of our religion were different, there would be a civil war by now.
“It is the glory of our religion that this hasn’t happened. It is difficult to preach peace in this context. Any resolution depends on how Christians decide to react. They won’t use violence but what will they do?”