The national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, Thursday fired back at the Anglican Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Rt. Rev. Dr. E.O. Chukwuma, for asking him and the chairman of the Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih, to resign from politics for being too old, saying that it’s not a crime to be old.
Tukur in a statement through his Special Assistant on media, Prince Oliver Okpala, accused the Bishop of lacking respect for elders, warning him to stop engaging in “falsity implicit on careless utterances portraying him as a politician in the cassock of a Reverend”.
Bishop Chukwuma had recently described the duo of Tukur and Anenih as too old to still be in politics. He further advised them to quit politics and pave way for younger ones.
Tukur in a stern reply has said that “It is not a crime to be old because in the Bible, God used old people such as Abraham, Sarah and David to manifest His goodness and greatness. At 60 years, Bishop Chukwuma himself is not exactly a spring chicken. His utterances therefore are a clear manifestation of a man who does not practice or abide by what he preaches.
“It is therefore paramount on Rt. Rev Chukwuma who parades himself as a man of God to appreciate the import of the outstanding commandment in the Bible which is “Respect for one’s parent so that one will also attain old age”. There is everything wrong and repulsive that a man of God should show blatant disrespect for elders.”
He added that no country in the world dispenses with the experience, knowledge and wisdom of her Senior citizens.On the contrary, they are respected, revered, honoured and appreciated.
Defending his continuous participation in politics, Tukur said he was in politics as a patriot, nationalist and elder statesman who has decided to use his wealth of experience and knowledge to move the country forward and to impact wisdom and knowledge to the younger generation.
He however called on the Primate and metropolitan of the Anglican Communion in Nigeria, Rt. Rev. Nicholas Okoh, to order and restrain Bishop Chukwuma from further tarnishing the image of the Anglican Communion and her priests in Nigeria