By: Joy Odor/Abuja
The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Dr. Mathew Hassan Kukah has sad that the violence that occurred in Nigeria should teach Nigerians a great lesson not to entrust their faith in politicians but God.
Bishop Kukah addressed the gathering of hundreds of families, relations of Kajuru crises victims and other lay faithful at after the Holy Mass at Saint Augustine Catholic Church, Kufana, Kajuru Local Government Area after the tour of the affected areas with the Bishops of Kaduna Ecclesiastical Province comprising Archbishop of Kaduna, Mathew Man’ Oso Ndagoso as the Lead Bishop, Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah, Bishop of Zaria Diocese, Bishop George Dodo, Bishop of Kano Diocese, Bishop John Niyiring and the Administrator of Kafanchan Diocese while Bishop of Minna and Kotangora was represented on Monday, 9th of December, 2019.
The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto was of the opinion that those that were killed did not die by divine calling of God, but were killed by evil men or when politicians carryout violence and rig elections.
“And this is the kind of thinking that says if you successfully robbed somebody it is because God wants that person to be robbed, or when politicians carryout violence and rig elections and come to power it is because God wants it to be so.
“My own God of the Catholic church is not a supporter of evil and such thinking cannot be right” He stressed.
He explained that the Catholic Bishops of Kaduna Province visit is to see all affected persons, irrespective of tribe or religion and encouraged and both Muslims and Christians in Kajuru to stand in unity, peace and not to allow the evil men to take advantage of the crack in your relationship.
Bishop Kukah also appealed to the people of all faith in Nigeria to cooperate, unite and collaborate to defeat the intention of the perpetrators of evil and violence, saying the moment the criminals realize the understanding, they will run away.
“The Bishops of the Province came to pay sympathy visit to the people on the unfortunate incidents that plagued their communities. The visit wasn’t possible earlier even though the Archbishop of Kaduna was informed and he communicated it to the rest of them. The Catholic Church identifies with people of all faith as a sign of our common humanity.
“A similar attack occurred somewhere in a Muslim community in Zamfara State. When I went to sympathize with the people, a Fulani woman asked why I visited as there was not a single Christian among them. I told her that we worship God and not men, therefore we came to identity with them in their grief.
“So the people of all faith in Nigeria to should cooperate unite and collaborate so as to defeat the intention of the perpetrators of evil and violence. The moment the criminals realize the understanding, they will run away.
The Bishops on behalf of the Church and other Bishops donated the sum of N2.5 million to the people of Kajuru to the affected in the attacks.
In a remark, the Kajuru Local Government Chairman, Mr. Cafra Boaz Caino thanked the Bishops for their support and enjoined the people to continue to pray for increased unity and peace in the society
Some attendees of the mass for peace are; the Wazirin Adara, Mr. Bawa Magaji as well as other dignitaries who graced the occasion.