The Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Matthew Hassan-Kukah, has decried the ongoing killings in Plateau State, asserting that the violence extends beyond herder-farmer clashes. In a statement on Saturday, Bishop Kukah pointed out that the perpetrators are driven by an ideological agenda, emphasizing that a war is being waged against Nigeria by those who seek to reshape the nation according to their beliefs.
Expressing strong condemnation for the recent attacks on communities in Bokkos and Barkin-Ladi Local Government Areas of Plateau State during Christmas eve, Bishop Kukah referred to the assailants as “sons of Satan” intent on extinguishing the joy of Christmas for thousands of people on the Plateau.
The cleric raised crucial questions about the identity and motives of the killers, calling for answers and urging the government to resist the agenda of these marauders while prioritizing the protection of Nigerians.
“We may pretend that we are not at war, but truly, a war is being waged against the Nigerian state and its people. God forbid, but we could snap anytime, anywhere and for any reason,” Bishop Kukah warned.
Highlighting the urgency of addressing the root causes of the violence, he challenged the military to overcome intelligence failures, emphasizing that these killings go beyond mere clashes between herders and farmers. According to him, the perpetrators seek power on their own terms, wanting to shape Nigeria according to their ideological vision.