Kukah Chides El-rufai Over Comments, Mass Burial Of Shiites

The Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Mathew Hassan Kukah, had scornfully rebuked the governor of Kaduna state, Nasiru El-rufai, over comments attributed to him that Christian leaders from Southern Kaduna were collecting money from abroad to bury their people.

“Did he expect that people of southern Kaduna will wait for him to come and supervise the mass burial of their people after burying the Shiite in mass graves?” He asked.

Bishop Kukah was delivering a sermon at the funeral service of late Bishop Danlami Joseph Bagobiri of Kafanchan Catholic Diocese this week.

He said the main grouse of governor El-rufai was that “these leaders were collecting money from good wishers from abroad to bury their people,” describing the governor’s statement “as a clear case of self indictment.”

He noted that, “by his own admission, the governor says that a thousand churches have been destroyed in Southern Kaduna and that people had lost their lives.

“By casting aspersion on missionary assistance, the governor betrayed a troubling ignorance of the causes of the crisis we have faced,” he concluded.


Bagobiri died in Kaduna on March 7 at the age of 61 after a protracted illness and was buried at St. Peter Clever Cathedral, Kafanchan, Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Thursday.

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