CAN KICKS AS ISLAMIC GROUP TELLS KUKAH TO APOLOGISE OR LEAVE SOKOTO

Written by on January 13, 2021

THE CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (CAN) HAS KICKED AGAINST THE CALL BY THE MUSLIM SOLIDARITY FORUM ON THE BISHOP OF SOKOTO CATHOLIC DIOCESE, BISHOP MATTHEW KUKAH, TO APOLOGISE FOR HIS ALLEGED ATTACK ON ISLAM AND MUSLIMS OR LEAVE THE CALIPHATE.

THE FORUM, WHICH LABELLED ITSELF AS AN UMBRELLA BODY FOR ISLAMIC ORGANISATIONS, SCHOLARS AND CLERICS, YESTERDAY ASKED KUKAH TO APOLOGISE OR LEAVE THE STATE, INSISTING THAT HIS CHRISTMAS MESSAGE WAS CAPABLE OF TRIGGERING RELIGIOUS VIOLENCE IN THE COUNTRY.

KUKAH, IN HIS CHRISTMAS HOMILY, HAD ACCUSED PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI OF PROMOTING NORTHERN HEGEMONY.

HE HAD SAID THAT THERE COULD HAVE BEEN A COUP IF A NON-NORTHERN MUSLIM PRESIDENT HAD DONE A FRACTION OF WHAT BUHARI DID.

HIS HOMILY DREW CENSURES FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THE JAMA’ATU NASRIL ISLAM (JNI), LED BY SULTAN OF SOKOTO, ALHAJI MUHAMMAD SA’AD ABUBAKAR, WHICH ATTACKED THE BISHOP FOR ALLEGEDLY DENIGRATING ISLAM AND MUSLIMS.

HOWEVER, KUKAH, , REBUTTED THE ALLEGATIONS AND ACCUSED THE JNI SECRETARY-GENERAL, DR. KHALID ALIYU, OF INCITING VIOLENCE AGAINST HIM.

HE ALSO CHALLENGED THE JNI TO “AS A MATTER OF HONOUR” SHOW WHERE HE ATTACKED ISLAM OR MUSLIMS IN THE STATEMENT, ADDING THAT HE IS “MORE THAN HAPPY TO APOLOGISE” FOR SUCH.

BUT AT A PRESS CONFERENCE YESTERDAY IN SOKOTO, THE ACTING CHAIRMAN OF THE FORUM, SOKOTO CHAPTER, PROF. ISA MUHAMMAD MAISHANU, SAID THE MESSAGE OF THE CLERIC WAS A DIRECT ATTACK ON ISLAM.


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