The leadership of the Catholic Church has stood solidly behind Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Dr Matthew Hassan Kukah, for the comments in his message to Nigerians on Christmas Day.
In a statement, the National Directorate of Social Communications of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria in Abuja, urged lovers of truth and justice to rise in defence of Bishop Kukah.
The Church said: “We are quite aware of the 2020 Christmas Message by our revered Bishop Hassan Kukah and the enormous space it has enjoyed on social media and in the public sphere.
“As expected, the agents of evil have gathered to attack the person of the Bishop and to discredit the simple obvious truth of the message.
“This is the stock in trade of evil people. However, they often succeed when good people, Christians, choose to do nothing.”
“The truth about our nation is also that there are only two parties now existing: the good and the evil, the oppressed and the oppressor, the suffering people and the benefiting government officers and their families.
“Please stop allowing anyone to fool you with these cards: religion and tribe.”