The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah, has said the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is not handling issues concerning religious crisis correctly.
Kukau stated this during a virtual presentation with the US Congress in Washington.
The cleric spoke about the persecution of Christians in Nigeria by Islamic extremist groups in the Northern Region of Nigeria.
He also claimed that the extremists, bandits, Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram, are targeting many schools in the North especially Christian ones and are “indoctrination the children. They end up converting these children to wives, cooks, spies, sexual slaves and so on,” the Bishop said.
The Bishop also complained to the Congress that President Buhari is deliberately appointing people of his ethnic group and religion into key political positions.
“In 2020, they killed some of our Priests in the North. They kidnapped our children and forced them to denounce Christianity for Islam. We have issued statements and called the attention of government to our plight but you see, we have weak institutions.
“The whole of the North is being invaded by armed bandits that are launching attacks at will. The President have shown nepotism in his appointments as he is appointing only people that share the same religion with him into key political offices like the security Chiefs.
“For the first time in Nigeria, the first three persons: the President, the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representative are all Muslims.
“This has never happened before. So, we require practical and measuring assistance that can help us and our children,” the cleric cried out.