The presidency has formally reacted to the statement credited to Bishop Hassan Mathew Kukah castigating Nigeria before the United States congress describing it as unfortunate, and disappointing.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Garba Shehu in a release accused the clergyman of incredible falsehood in his desperate attempt at sowing seeds of discord and strife among Nigerians.
It says his suggestion that investment in infrastructure between Nigeria and Niger is wasteful and biased – when a similar infrastructure project between Lagos and Benin has revolutionised the two neighbouring economies to the advantage of both our countries – is quite disturbing.
The Bishop’s assertion that only Christian schools are being targeted by bandits or terrorists is also not supported by the facts on ground as victims of crime, kidnapping, banditry and terrorism cut across all strata of the society.
The Presidential spokesperson also faulted the clergyman’s position that the Buhari administration is doing nothing to address herder-farmer disturbances
It says so far only this government has put forward the first and singular plan in nearly a century to address the challenges – a fact recognised by international NGOs,
The statement also insists that time has come for the nation and its people to define evil as evil and never allow their religious differences to divide them.
It similarly made a case for leaders in politics and religion to preach respect for truth and have practice it as a moral and practical responsibility.