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Plateau Massacre: Kukah warns that we can strike at any time, in any place, and for any reason

Plateau Massacre Kukah warns that we can strike at any time, in any place, and for any reason

Plateau Massacre; Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, asserted that the massacre of Nigerians in Plateau serves as another indication of a war against both the Nigerian state and its people, raising concerns that the country is on the brink of a crisis.

Furthermore, Bishop Kukah condemned the perpetrators of the Plateau massacre, describing them as individuals emerging from the deepest abyss of hell. He characterized the killers as offspring of darkness and followers of Satan, emphasizing their cruel decision to extinguish the joyous light of Christmas for numerous individuals on the Plateau.

The attacks unfolded on December 23 and continued into the 24th, coinciding with preparations for Christmas festivities. The death toll has now exceeded 200, with the count still rising.

Bishop Kukah, in response to the Plateau massacre, expressed that the perpetrators sought to instigate a spree of bloodshed, tempting the ordinarily peace-loving people of the Plateau to engage in senseless acts of murder in the name of retaliation.

Furthermore, Kukah emphasized that the killers aimed to portray the conflict as a religious war, pitting Christians against Muslims, with the intention of sparking a broader war.

He lamented the escalating funeral processions and coffins becoming a regular part of the country’s landscape, urging a genuine effort to address the root causes of the violence.

Also, Kukah raised critical questions about killers’ identity, origin, sponsorship, grievances, and motives, emphasizing the urgent need for prevention.

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“When will this cease? Why do they seem invincible and elusive? Who is providing them with protection? Are we destined to endure this and pass on this fractured nation to our children?

“Must we all become numb and sedated to endure this? Who will provide the opium to numb our pain? Are we unwittingly heading towards self-destruction?

Hence, “Boko Haram, banditry, and various forms of terrorism thrive in our region. Why is this the case? These perpetrators are not ordinary murderers.

“We are weary of the perplexing and inexcusable monosyllabic explanations, asserting that this is an asymmetrical war and that we are in control of the situation.

Nigerian citizens feel humiliated and betrayed by collaborators with murderers and a seemingly powerless government, igniting collective outrage.

“Can we continue to believe that there is no long-term plan to seize control of the Nigerian state?

“These individuals seek power, but on their terms. They envision their version of Nigeria according to their ideology.

“These killings are merely an introduction. They are no longer merely conflicts between herders and farmers over grazing fields. No, there is more to it, and as a nation, we must confront this threat before it becomes irreversible.

Finally he said, “No evil persists indefinitely. The world conquered slavery, apartheid, Nazism, racism, and various forms of extremism,” the statement concluded.

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