The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Kukah has alleged that the Nigerian government has same goal of Islamic dominance like Boko Haram.
The renowned cleric who stated this in a press statement from his media team while speaking in the United Kingdom with Catholic Charity Aid to the Church in Need was reacting to the recent beheading of 10 persons suspected to be Christians by extremists in Nigeria.
According to Bishop Kukah, the only difference between Boko Haram and the Nigerian Government is that the later makes use of a bomb to achieve their aims.
He condemned the Christmas Day attack by the Islamic State West Africa Province, and that of Boko Haram on Christmas Eve.
He said, “The only difference between the government and Boko Haram is (that) Boko Haram is holding a bomb.
“They are using the levers of power to secure the supremacy of Islam, which then gives more weight to the idea that it can be achieved by violence. With the situation in Nigeria, it is hard to see the moral basis they have to defeat Boko Haram.
“They have created the conditions to make it possible for Boko Haram to behave the way they are behaving,” he added.
Bishop Kukah said the Nigerian government, by packing key government positions with hardline Muslims, gave tacit approval to such groups.
“If the people in power don’t do enough to integrate Christians then they give oxygen to Islamism.
“If they have countries where everybody is Muslim in power then you give vent to the idea that Islam should be supreme.”
While expressing disappointment at the insincerity of Western Nations in tackling islamic-influenced insecurity in Nigeria, Kukah said Nigeria was not yet engulfed in another civil war only because of the peaceful tenets of Christianity.
“Christians have every reason to feel insecure, also there is a general feeling of their marginalisation from the political process. If the principles of our religion were different, there would be a civil war by now.
“It is the glory of our religion that this hasn’t happened. It is difficult to preach peace in this context. Any resolution depends on how Christians decide to react. They won’t use violence but what will they do?” he rhetorically inquired.