Most Reverend Matthew Kukah, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Dioceses, has praised the state Governor, Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, for declaring a 24-hour curfew to quell the state’s ongoing protests.
Earlier, demonstrators damaged the Holy Family Catholic Cathedral on Bello Road and St. Kevin’s Catholic Church in Gidan Dere, smashing windows and a community bus parked on the site. Thankfully, no one was hurt or killed.
Governor Tambuwal, on the other hand, acted quickly to impose a 24-hour curfew in the city and also called off his consultations.
The governor was scheduled to go to six states as part of his ongoing presidential campaign consultations. He, however, canceled the visits to guarantee that the state’s normalcy is restored.
In a statement signed by the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto’s Director of Social Communications, Reverend Father Christopher A. Omotosho, Most Reverend Kukah praised Gov. Tambuwal for taking preemptive measures.
He also commended the security agencies for their prompt intervention in preventing the further spread of the protest.
Bishop Kukah, in the statement, also debunked the rumoured attack on his residence, saying;
Contrary to information in circulation, we wish to disclaim that there was an attack of any sort on the residence of Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah.
The Bishop, therefore, appealed to Christians to be law-abiding and pray for normalcy to return to the state.