How those who took money from Jonathan turned against him – Bishop Kukah

Matthew Kukah

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Mathew Hassan Kukah, has criticised the perception that he was close to former President Goodluck Jonathan for what he could get.

“Despite my friendship with Jonathan over this long period of time, we never discussed a penny, we never discussed one dollar; we never exchanged a penny, and we never exchanged a dollar,” Kukah said.

In an interview in the current edition of The Interview, Kukah said those who thought they could smear him by warming up to President Muhammadu Buhari were responsible for fantasizing his relationship with Jonathan.

“Suddenly, journalists whom I knew were writing, hoping they would be given positions (by Buhari) and all those who were abusing me have gone full cycle,” he said.

He continued: “Those who should be ashamed of themselves are those who took money from Jonathan, tons of it, and have decided to lie, buried under the table; they have decided to change course in the middle of the race. Those are the guys who you should be talking about.”

In a statement, the MD/Editor-In-Chief, Azu Ishiekwene, said, “This is Kukah with his gloves off. Anti-Kukahs of every stripe have their match in this issue.”

The clergyman revealed that “certain people in the PDP” have been telling him that Jonathan should have had a long-drawn-out exit, like the disgraced Gambian President Yahaya Jammeh.

He spoke about the continuing detention of the Shiite leader, El-Zakzakky, and the bill for a Christian court, expressing concern that, “We are going back, we’re not getting better.”

The edition also explores the love language of public figures, including advertising icon, Lolu Akinwunmi; journalist Funke Treasure-Durodola; the director of Leventis Food, Tasos Amanatidis; and author and celebrity, Teju Babyface.


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  • Sword of Damocles

    “Those who should be ashamed of themselves are those who took money from Jonathan, tons of it, and have decided to lie, buried under the table; they have decided to change course in the middle of the race. Those are the guys who you should be talking about”

    Wrong “Mr Man of the Cloth”!!…. “What we should be talking about” is whether that “money, tons of it” was JONATHAN’S TO GIVE??????Sir a man without CHARACTER is NOTHING. naked as bird, do some Nigerians not know this? is what I am saying a revelation? an epiphany? I call upon our Ancestors if they hear me to SLAP these people that dishonor & besmirch their Sacred HONOR

    • Tijani

      And what about those who are taking tons of money from Buhari and Fake Pastor Osinbajo?

      • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

        Always going offline. What has osibajo got to do with this.

    • Ohnigeria Godsavenigeria

      The taking of money from Nigerian president is not a new thing in Nigerian lexicon ,it happened during gowon, obasanjo, shagari, Buhari, Ibb,abdusalam,obj,yardua,Gej,and now Buhari. Any body pretending and pontificating about this naked fact is a shameless hypocrite. Even Nigerian state governors and LGA chairmen are not exempted.
      Nigeria needs to rework her foundation because this present one is very faulty.
      The reason why every body is attacking Jonathan is because he doesn’t belong to those who are f00ling themselves that they are the owners of Nigeria, while others are their slaves to rule forever.
      In their warped mentalities, they saw Jonathan as a man who took from their spoils and that’s the reason for the organized blackmail being unleashed with a vindictive soul and a deep seated anger.
      I can say for certain that corruption that have trailed every government in power in Nigeria have continued unabated till today and tomorrow even getting to a ridiculous height under Buhari, not minding the conspiracy of silence by Yoruba media because they believed that this time is their own turn to be FAT.

  • ilubarde

    “Those
    who should be ashamed of themselves are those who took money from
    Jonathan, tons of it, and have decided to lie, buried under the table;
    they have decided to change course in the middle of the race. Those are
    the guys who you should be talking about.”

    Hey, Mr. Kukah! They didnt take money. They shared in Nigeria’s plundered resources.

    Why are you playing with words?

    Why cant you be sincere for once?

    Why are you always evasive?

    Are we morons?

  • ode

    This must be a mistake from him

    • wode

      It’s not a mistake. It’s real him. If you have watched his countenance and disposition since the change of government you would know where he belongs and who he is. Politicians masquerading as Priest romanticizing with the corrupt ones. He likes talking about corruption but he doesn’t believe in its real fight.He has lost his face.

      • Abdur Razaq Dikko

        I have been thinking onvthe way to express my view about Kukah and thank God Wode has said it all. See a first class politician in a priest gown. A critic of those he does not like. Cannot understand his biases in fighting curruption…..and he is a man of God.

    • wazobia decomposition !!!!!!

      it is not ……

  • FreeNigeria

    Y’all see the pastors we have in Nigeria? Instead of him to blame Jonathan for stealing our commonwealth, but he’s blaming others. Jonathan is not supposed to give what doesn’t belong to him, it’s called stealing. Kukah, you’re morally corrupt.

    • suleiman

      Are sure nobody is stealing now? Shine your eyes my friend. More stealing is going on now more than during Jonathan’s era. Just wait for the four years to pass and a new government comes in place. Pray that we both live to see that day when Buhari and his APC thieves would be exposed. It Is rather unfortunate that Nigerians are willing to believe the crazy things being said about previous governments, especially Jonathan. The last time I checked, I found that every military man who took over power in Nigeria used corruption as an excuse and the more they took over power, the more corrupt they became. It is these same military men and their supporters that are still in power today and supporting thievery! Pray that we get true Nigerians that will tell us the truth and rule over us with the fear of God

      • FreeNigeria

        You’re absolutely right. Nigerian politicians are thieves and rejects of the society.

  • Dazmillion

    Kukah is one of those who took money from the corruption eaten fingers of Jonathan

  • wode

    Kukah benefited from the corrupt government. He has no moral ground talking when we are talking about anti-corruption!

  • Olaola

    This Kuka man is a complete fraud. So he knows and acknowledge that some people took “tons” of public money from Jonathan yet he wanted the people to still vote for the corrupt Jonathan. The “men of God” in Nigeria are worse than some highway robbers.

  • wazobia decomposition !!!!!!

    ““Those who should be ashamed of themselves are those who took money from Jonathan, tons of it, and have decided to lie, buried under the table; they have decided to change course in the middle of the race. Those are the guys who you should be talking about.””

    crooked bishop ……………….. endorsing corruption with both lips ………..one simple question here: the tons of money,did it belong to ebele or the nigerian state? he saw TONS of money change hands and he took none,oh pluuuuuease!!!!!

    i wonder why he is so pained about ebele’s exit,una been de share girlfriends?

    “long drawn out exit” ……… that would have been a perfect recipe for his premature death …………………………

  • Malik Isah

    I can confirm that Bishop Kukah is a man of God. of course it is difficult to believe that we still have some good (genuine) men in our environment and even more difficult when such men are seemingly close to people we have concluded are bad. I believe the Bishop more than I believe most religious people in this country. please stop insulting him. you can reserve the bad names to others. this Bishop has remained unchanged in his position and views since I started reading his write-ups in New Nigeria as a child.
    I knows he is aware that insults from myopic minds is a price he will have to pay. please show some respect.

    • wazobia decomposition !!!!!!

      he is a crook ………………. a turncoat…….have you heard that word before?

    • Mufu Ola

      “…Bishop Kukah is a man of God”. Are u a man of the devil? This idea of dressing some people as “man of God” because they choose religion as career is irritating. Some careers are more of God than these dubious pastors, bishops & alfas.I’ll consider a doctor or inventor a man of God than them.

      • Njamu Kuku

        All of us are men of God. But t is more appropriate to address him so since e holds the sceptre of religion.

  • thusspokez

    How those who took money from Jonathan turned against him

    This man speaks some truth: For example, western Nigerians have become the largest group and harshest critics of GEJ since he left office, but look at the EFCC and the Nigerian Police who-is-who list of embezzlers, looters and other related crimes; and they top the list and also make up more than 40% of the list — compared to making up just 21% of the population of Nigeria.

    I am sure that Buhari awaits similar treatment and betrayal when he vacates office. Now, I am ready to take the insults-o! So bring it on! I expect many of my would-be critics to be in denial and unable to face the truth, and would use insults as substitute for counter arguments. Further, just to let you know, I am not a fan of GEJ. Furthermore, you will never know my ethnicity, so find other insults other than the usual “your people…“yada yada yada nonsense!

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    • Julius

      You are a funny dude as in insane !

    • Otile

      Man, you have nothing to fear from awon agbero insults, they must come for the devil must do his own work. But nothing can be further from the truth, you said it all. Imam has his work cut out for him. If they badgered Jonathan this much, you bet they are going to bury Imam Buhari alive when he becomes seriously sick. It is coming, it is inevitable, it is a matter of time. O treachery.

  • Dr.Dan

    Kukah has been close to power since the second republic. If he was after money, by now he would have been a billionaire with private jets to globetrot about or even an oil well. But he has remained firm in his conviction. He speaks the truth to power. He may have had preference for Jonathan as a minority which is not suprising, and he is not shy of his support neither does he double speak like some we see today. I respect his conviction and his contributions to Nigerian political discourse.

  • Otile

    Long live Bishop Kukah
    Long live the true man of God
    Give Nigeria more honest men of God like the Bishop Nigeria will be saved
    God bless you Bishop Kukah.

  • marc umeh

    Jonathan was giving away tons of money ? I beg , where em get the money from ?