The Catholic Archbishop of Sokoto Diocese Father Mathew Hassan Kukah has denied making any remark about the declared winner of the 2023 elections Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in the interview he granted recently on Channels Television.
He said he also did not talk about the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi, and that of the People’s Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
Some news media had circulated reports that the revered cleric said Tinubu is the only person who prepared to be president and that Peter Obi and Atiku are not qualified to be Nigeria’s president.
But in a statement signed by Rev. Fr. Christopher Omotosho, Director of the Directorate of Social communications in the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, the church said the story was fake.
Part of the statement reads, “In the last few days certain desperate individuals have been circulating fake stories purported to be the result of an interview that our Bishop granted Channels Television.
“It is claimed in the doctored and slanted text that the Bishop said that neither Alhaji Abubakar Atiku nor Peter Obi qualifies to be president and that only Asiwaju Tinubu best qualifies”
The statement then directed those who are interested in what Kukah said in the interview to check the full interview on Channels online.
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It then said the story being circulated should be treated as fake news as the “Bishop did not comment on any of these Nigerians by names in the said interview.
The statement also noted that Kukah’s name had been freely circulated online by fraudsters whose intention is to swindle the gullible.
It urged Nigerians to call Fr. Chris Omotosho on 08027307423 or Fr. Cornelius Tagwai on 08035776334 should anyone make requests in the name of Bishop Kukah.
People are also requested to send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com to seek clarifications on issues.