Lucy Osawe,Benin- Following the outrage that has greeted Father Kukah’s Christmas message to President Muhammadu Buhari, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria PFN has described the homily as one speaking the truth to power.
Kukah had accused Buhari of nepotism, saying there could have been a coup if a non-northern Muslim president were in power and had attempted a fraction of what Buhari was doing.
The homily had generated mixed reactions on both sides with one side calling his remarks as treasonable felony and others praising Kukah for his doggedness.
The onslaught against Kukah has led the to the PFN president, Pastor Festus Omobude coming to the aid of Kukah by saying that he should not be made a sacrificial lamb for expressing his views.
Omobude stated this in Benin, where he said that Kukah “spoke on what is in the minds of most Nigerians and should be commended for voicing out when others kept quiet when things were getting out of control”.
Omobude also defended the charge against Kukah that he had called for a coup against President Buhari stating that Kukah was a patriot and an advocate of democracy and could not have called for a coup.
“Bishop Kukah is an advocate of democracy so he could not have been calling for the military overthrow of the government. The issues that he raised are very glaring.
“Now, it is only in this country that you can’t talk against the government and go free. What is the dust for? I know that the minister of information is paid for his job but he should be honest enough to face certain truth.
“People call Mr Trump all kinds of names and never has anybody been sued for insulting him but people have been sued in Nigeria for insulting the president” he said.