A group of Muslims Scholars and Clerics under aegis, The Muslims Solidarity Forum has asked Bishop Mathew Kukah of Sokoto Catholic Diocese to give an apology for his alleged “attack” on Islam and Muslims or leave the Caliphate.
The group who described themself as the Umbrella body for Islamic organizations, scholars and Clerics, asked the Christian cleric to apologise or evaluate Sokoto state because of his Christmas day message which according to them was an insult and it’s able to cause violence in the nation.
Bishop Kukah accused President in his Christmas sermon Buhari of promoting the Northern hegemony, he also stated that if a non-northern Muslim president had done a fraction of what President Buhari has done he entered the sit in 2015, their will be a coup.
The acting Chairman of the Muslim forum, Sokoto Chapter, Prof. Isa Muhammad Maishanu said on a press conference in Sokoto on Tuesday January 12, that the message of the cleric was a slap on Islam. He stated that this is not the first time Kukah has attacked Muslims and Islam, especially those from the North.
Maishanu defected Bishop Kukah’s message which says “if a non-northern Muslim president had done a fraction of what President Buhari has done he entered the sit in 2015, their will be a coup.” He said the message was unkind and able to cause violence in the nation.
Prof. Maishanu said that Kukah accusing Muslims of having a character of violence is provoking. He stated that Kukah, who lives in the heart of Sokoto caliphate, can make such statement because of his hatred for Muslims and Islam even as he says he is an apostle of Peace.
Prof. Maishanu said,
“As part of his antics in February 2020, he shamelessly staged a demonstration in the heart of Sokoto over the killing of a single Christian priest in far away Adamawa State, presumably by the Boko Haram insurgency but did not consider hundreds of Muslim Fulani herders that were mercilessly killed by Christian militias in the neighbouring Taraba State.”
The professor said that if Muslims in Sokoto reply to the offensive actions of Kukah, peace could escape the country.
Prof. Maishauna said Kukah Muslims and Islam needs an apology from Kukah for his alleged attack on them of quietly leave Sokoto state.
“These callous statements are becoming of someone who parades himself a secretary to the National Peace Committee and a member of Nigeria Inter-religious Council. As such, we call on Kukah to immediately stop his malicious vituperation against Islam and Muslims and tender unreserved apology to the Muslim Ummah or else quickly quietly leave the seat of Caliphate, as he is trying to break the age- long peaceful coexistence between the predominantly Muslim population and their Christian guests.”
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