The Muslim Solidarity Forum in Sokoto has called on Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, to tender an apology to the Muslim Ummah or quickly leave Sokoto State.
The forum made the call in a press statement while reacting to Bishop Kukah’s Christmas message.
Professor Isa Maishanu, the acting Chairman of MSF, said that Kukah, with his unbecoming callous statement, was trying to break the age-long peaceful co-existence between the predominantly Muslim population and their Christian guests.
The forum further called on Muslim leaders, who out of magnanimity had been showing goodwill to Bishop Kukah, to realise that he was taking their kindness for granted, adding that the Bishop did not appreciate the gesture, but rather fiercely attack them at any given opportunity.
“In February 2020, he (Kukah) shamelessly staged a demonstration in the heart of Sokoto over the killing of a single Christian priest, presumably, by the Boko Haram insurgents, but did not consider hundreds of Muslims, Fulani herders that were mercilessly killed by the Christian militia in Taraba state in 2018.”
The statement further asked the Bishop what he thought would happen if the peace-loving Muslims of the seat of Caliphate, responded to his incessant provocative attacks on them and their religion like what happened in Kafanchan 1987, Zango Kataf 1992, Tafawa Balewa in 1991, 1993, 1995 and 2001, Yelwa Shandam 2004, Zonkwa and Jarkasa in 2011?”
Reacting to the forum, the Chairman of CAN in Kaduna State and the National Vice Chairman (19 Northern States), Rev. Joseph John Hayab, alongside the Executive Director of FJPD, Kwamkur Samuel, faulted the quit notice issued against Bishop Kukah by the forum.
“We have tolerated them so that we can continue together and build a nation of respect for others opinion. We, therefore, see this call for apology from Bishop Kukah by this group as a show of disrespect and a display of complex attitude to abuse our tolerance spirit and our desire for a peaceful Nigeria.
“We see this group as agents of blackmail and intimidation who want to infringe on the right and freedom of expression of citizens, which our constitution guarantees,” Rev. Hayab said.
Speaking also, Mr. Samuel said; “Those terrorising Nigerians daily are so strong that they are rewarded almost on daily basis with ransom even in foreign currency under the supervision of authority while those crying on pages of papers like Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, due to losses, experience and excruciating pains and love for the nation, are easily identified, intimidated and vilified by the same authority that are not able to secure the lives and property of Nigerians.
“I will advise this group of young and energetic Nigerians who are calling for the head of Kukah to join the families of victims of terrorists, kidnappers and bandits in Katsina, Maiduguri, Zamfara and other parts of Nigeria to get to the source and sponsors of killers of Nigerians.”
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.