By Luminous Jannamike— ABUJA
The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Most Reverend. Matthew Kukah has continued his criticism of the federal government over the state of the nation, stating that the safety and well-being of citizens are government responsibilities, while the priest is a watchdog.
The cleric called on Nigerians to reject bad government and insist on the equitable use of resources for the good of all.
Kukah spoke as he delivered a sermon titled “A Nation in Search of Its Soul”, at the wake of the Mass for His Grace, Archbishop Peter Jatau at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cathedral, Kaduna.
Despite warnings from the Federal Government and the rejection of the claims in his Christmas Day message, Bishop Kukah insisted that he would continue to speak out against the misrule of those who preside over the nation’s affairs.
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Bishop Kukah said: “The duty and responsibility of the government is the safety and well-being of its citizens.
“The priest is a sentinel; one whose duty it is to watch over the city and raise his voice whenever danger is mentioned. He exhorts those he leads to remain true to their duties.
“Our duty (as Nigerians) is to reject the notion of corrupt governments that, in some way, the Lord has not provided for all societies.
“When they ask us to tighten our belts because there is a recession, that oil prices have fallen, that there are problems with the balance of payments, etc., the priest at the guard post must say what he can see;
“That when those who preside over affairs issue a bad check, you have to resist it; that when they claim that society faces bankruptcy, or that there are insufficient funds, we must reject them and insist on the equitable use of resources for the common good of all ”.