It is boiling once again in Nigeria as the Muslim Solidarity Forum ask Bishop Mathew Kukah to tender an apology to the Muslims faithfuls or leave Sokoto state.
This was a result of what they perceived as “malicious comments” against Muslims.
Bishop Kukah of the Sokoto Diocese was asked to leave the state if he doesn’t apologize to the Buhari’s led government.
According to TheCable, the forum was reacting to Kukah’s Christmas message where he accused President Muhammadu Buhari of nepotism.
TheCable also noted that, the forum said while it does not speak for Buhari, Kukah’s reference to the president’s religion is an attack on all Muslims.
“Our intention at Muslim Solidarity Forum is not to hold brief for the President, as he has those who are paid to do that; instead, our concern is the image and reputation of Muslims, which Mr Kukah finds pleasure in attacking without an iota of caution, and by referring to him [the president] as a Muslim, that automatically brings all Muslims [into] the issue,” Maishanu said
“The Bishop has a penchant for speaking in parables and innuendos. His reference to a people who possess ‘a pool of violence to draw from’ no doubt is a reference to those he has always characterised with violence – the Muslims. This is a serious provocation.
“He even has the guts to say the killings we are witnessing in Nigeria are part of a grand religious design! Religious? Who are the victims of the killings? What religion do they profess? Is it not a fact that over 90 per cent of those being killed are Muslims? Who is behind the so-called design?
“These callous statements are unbecoming of someone who parades himself as secretary to the National Peace Committee and a member of Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC).
“As such, we call on Kukah to immediately stop his malicious vituperations against Islam and Muslims and tender unreserved apology to the Muslim Ummah or else quickly and quietly leave the seat of the 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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The threat by the Muslim group has forced many Nigerians into repeating over and over again that no harm should come to Kukah.
Reno Omokiri, a well respected citizen has warned sternly that to maintain peace, nothing should happen to the Bishop.
Femi Fani Kayode has also pledged a 1 million naira to any one who can bring a video evidence of where the Bishop spoke against the Islamic religion.
Meanwhile, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has criticised Bishop Kukah for accepting to apologize if they can prove that he insulted the Islamic religion.
Kanu said that no Muslim can be questioned if found guilty of insulting the Christian religion.
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