The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan Kukah, has received praise from the Atiku-Okowa Presidential Campaign Organization for his unwavering commitment to speaking truth to power despite tremendous personal risk.
In a telephone chat with Vanguard on Monday in Abuja, the campaign’s spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, made this statement in response to the Bishop’s Christmas Day greeting.
While supporters of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and its presidential candidate in the 2023 election, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, would like Nigerians to concentrate on outgoing President Muhammadu Buhari and ignore their participation in his administration’s egregious failures, Kukah’s message is a judgment on the abject failure of the APC over the last nearly 8 years, according to Ologbondiyan.
He said, “Tinubu and his allies want to make President Muhammadu Buhari the fall guy of the tragic rule of the dysfunctional All Progressives Congress regime, which has left Nigeria and Nigerians in the worst kind of misery ever experienced.
“The fact remains that the policies and programmes, which Buhari implemented, belong to the APC.
“Just like Tinubu is going about celebrating the work of his successors whom he helped to power, he cannot dissociate himself and the experimental contraption called the APC from Buhari’s actions.
“The fact that he and his party are ashamed to use whatever this regime claims to have achieved to the campaign, is a testimony to the fact that they failed Nigerians in every material sense.
“Bishop Kukah’s message is a validation of what most right-thinking Nigerians know for a fact that the APC has failed.
“What remains is for us as a nation not to repeat the mistakes we made in 2015 and 2019 to vote in another APC regime.
“We insist that if in the unlikely event that Tinubu gets the opportunity, the current suffering of Nigerians will be child’s play.
“The last eight years have shown that the APC has nothing to offer Nigerians but misery, unrestrained corruption, nepotism, insecurity and shameless propaganda in an attempt to cover up.
“If Tinubu had something to offer, he would have shared it with Buhari for him to succeed except if he is telling Nigerians that he deliberately set up Buhari, whom he literarily brought to power to fail so that he would reference the failure to seek political power for himself.”
The PDP campaign spokesperson further said, “Nigerians know that life was better under the PDP.
“For us to rebuild our nation, therefore, we must as a matter of patriotic duty bring back the good times by voting for the Atiku-Okowa ticket and return the PDP to power come 2023.
“We cannot afford to bring in another person for experimental purposes, you can’t bring in a person and a party we know cannot have 10 per cent in the parliament, it would be a disaster.
“We can’t survive another four years under the APC because returning the APC to power will be reinforcing failure.
“Our nation deserves better and the PDP is the party that is most prepared to undertake this task.”
As you may recall, Kukah stated that Buhari would be leaving office in good health in his Christmas speech, “Let us turn a fresh leaf,” which he delivered on Christmas Day at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sokoto.
However, Kukah added that Nigerians were suffering as a result of his failure to keep his pledges to improve the nation.
He cited Nepotism as a key characteristic of Buhari’s administration. Kukah had previously criticized Buhari for his policies and inability to combat corruption.