Hassan Matthew Kukah, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, says he told Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, that he would keep criticising the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
In his Christmas message, Kukah had said the government was failing in its responsibilities to the people.
Adesina hit back at Kukah, saying he lacked moral authority to criticise the government.
Speaking on Channels Television, Kukah disclosed what he told Adesina when he visited the presidential villa recently.
“I always tell people that frankly I don’t worry about criticism because I consider myself as an academic. I never take offense when somebody doesn’t agree with me,” he said.
“Femi has got a job to do, he is actually being paid to do the job. I got my own job. But there is nothing personal about it. I read a lot of their criticisms; they don’t bother me because some of them are meant to move away from the things I had said.
“I read his statement; I didn’t think there is any reason for me to respond to what they have to say. And I remember the last time I was in the Villa, Femi said to me rather jokingly ‘Bishop you are always criticizing my government; so you have come today. I told him I was criticizing government before you came and I will criticize government when you are gone.”