The Department of State Services (DSS) has reportedly invited the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Rev. Fr. Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Fr. Matthew Kukah for questioning for criticism of President Muhammadu Buhari for failing to curb nationwide insecurity.
Recall that Fr. Kukah had attacked President Buhari in his Christmas sermon, saying the President had failed to show competence as terrorists, bandits and other violent criminals embark on a coordinated and relentless rampage across the country.
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Fr. Kukah had been quoted as saying, “We also have lost count of hundreds of individuals and families who have been kidnapped and live below the radar of publicity.
“Does the President of Nigeria not owe us an explanation and answers as to when the abductions, kidnappings, brutality, senseless, and endless massacres of our citizens will end? We need urgent answers to these questions.”
Fr. Kukah’s comment, which was only the latest amongst several scathing criticisms he had directed at the president in recent years, drew criticism from President Buhari’s supporters.
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The DSS, a federal secret police with a reputation for intimidating, arresting and assassinating government critics from military days, quickly ordered Mr Kukah to appear at its headquarters for questioning, according to a top source familiar with the invitation.
Fr. Kukah had yet to honour the invitation as of Saturday afternoon, it was gathered.
Fr. Kukah is revered amongst Nigeria’s political, business and religious elite for his relentless fight for justice and national unity. His advocacy inspired other prominent Nigerians to speak up against wanton killings across the country since Mr Buhari assumed office and shunned a reconciliatory tone towards aggrieved elements.