PRESIDENCY FAULTS GROUP ASKING BISHOP KUKAH TO LEAVE SOKOTO OVER COMMENT
Written by wave FM on January 14, 2021
The presidency has faulted a group, the Muslim Solidarity Forum, over a threat it issued to the bishop of Sokoto diocese,
Most Rev Matthew Hassan Kukah, to tender an apology over a recent comment credited to him or leave the state.
In a statement signed on Wednesday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President, (Media & Publicity), Garba Shehu, the presidency described the situation as an assault on the cleric’s freedom.
The presidency also declared that Bishop Kukah must be allowed to practice his faith and politics, describing the stance by the Muslim solidarity forum as wrong and not in line with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Bishop Kukah in his Christmas message had lamented the state of the polity, condemning the president’s leadership style and ascribing the prevailing national condition to his decisions, a comment the Muslim Solidarity Forum says was an insult to the entire Muslim Ummah and “malicious comments” against Islam.
Meanwhile, the Archbishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop MATTHEW KUKAH says he is ready to apologize if he is shown any part of his Christmas sermon that insulted Islam.
KUKAH was reacting to a statement by the Islamic groups JNI, who alleges that he bit the finger that fed him despite being accepted and tolerated.
KUKAH noted that the JNI Secretary Doctor ALIYU dwelt more on politics rather than humanity to have accused him of firing an arrow at the heart of Islam and Muslims in Nigeria.