The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, has been described by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), as a ‘vigorous fighter’.
The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria leaders, including Kukah, visited the President on Wednesday at the State House in Abuja.
The visit occurred weeks after Kukah bemoaned Buhari’s failure to keep the promises he made to Nigerians in 2015 in his 2022 Christmas address presented at the St. Mary Catholic Church in Sokoto.
He claimed that although Nigerians were suffering as a result of the President’s broken promises, he was leaving office in good health.
In response to the message, the Special Advisor to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina claimed Kukah only saw things through the lens of a political priest with a preference for the opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party.
Adesina said in a Facebook post regarding Kukah’s visit to the State House with the Catholic bishops that Buhari showed no ill will toward the cleric.
He said, “When the bishop came into the council chamber, the venue of the visit, he pulled me, and started laughing, asking whether we should be fighting or greeting each other. We laughed heartily.
“During group photographs, the President, never holding malice against anyone, shook hands with the bishop, describing him as ‘most vigorous fighter.’
“After it all, the bishop invited me for a personal picture with him.
“Bishop Kukah was cooking peace this time, and how refreshing it was.”