From ATTAHIRU AHMED, Gusau
The Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Rev. Mathew Hassan Kukah has alerted leaders and politicians in the country to take proactive measures in addressing the lingering crisis and insecurity bedevilling the nation.
Kukah said: “Time is not on our side and the country is falling apart if care is not taken.”
Speaking in an interview at Kizara village while commiserating with the people over the killing of 58 people recently by gunmen in Zamfara State, he said sooner the leaders and politicians put their heads and acts together, the better.
Rev. Kukah attributed the lingering crisis to the failure of the political class to continuously engage in dialogue with one another, saying the politicians must imbibe the spirit of negotiations always.
He stressed that leaders must also acquaint themselves with the fact that since the constitution had bestowed on them the onus of managing ‘our natural resources’, they should know that they ought to manage the human resources well.
Kukah maintained that their presence in the village was intended to tell the government and the politicians that Nigerians irrespective of their religions, believed in the unity of the country.
“Kizara is a predominantly Muslim community, there is not a single Christian in the community but as Christians, we are here as part of solidarity and to strengthen our brothers’ faith not to shirk from believing in God because we all serve one God.”
Meanwhile, Christian communities under the Diocese of Sokoto Catholic Church has donated food and clothes worth over N2 million to the victims of Kizara killings in the state.
Presenting the items through the emir of Tsafe, Alhaji Habibu Aliyu Yandoto, Rev. Kukah said Christian communities within and outside the state were shocked when they heard about the massacre in the area.
Kukah lamented that they believed that the killing was not political, religious or ethnicity but a calamity and prayed it does not happen again.
According to him, Christians in the state would continue to pray for the peace of the village, state and the country at large.
In his remarks, the Chairman Gusau Catholic Church Welfare, Sir Joseph Maihulla said items donated included bags of rice, maize, sugar, indomie, detergent and assorted clothes, among others.