The Muslim Solidarity Forum has called upon Bishop Mathew Kukah of the Sokoto Diocese to give unreserved apologies to the entire Muslim Ummah for his recent “malicious remarks” towards Islam.
The forum’s acting chairman, Professor Isa Muhammad Maishanu, addressed a press conference on Tuesday. It maintained that the declarations of Kukah were able to disrupt the age-long peaceful coexistence of the country’s religious faithful.
Our goal at the Muslim Solidarity Forum is not to hold a brief for the President, as those who are paid to do so have; rather, our concern is the picture and dignity of Muslims that Mr. Kukah enjoys attacking without an iota of caution, and referring to him [the president] as a Muslim, which immediately brings all Muslims [into] the issue.
In parables and insinuations, the Bishop has a penchant for speaking.
His reference to those who have ‘a reservoir of violence to choose from’ is probably a reference to Muslims, those he has often portrayed with violence. It’s a serious provocation here.
‘Apologise Now Or Leave Sokoto…’
He even has the guts to say that the killings we see in Nigeria are part of a great religious plan! Uh, religious? Who are the victims of the executions?
What is their professed religion? Is it not a fact that Muslims are more than 90 percent of those who are killed?
Who is behind the so-called layout? “Asked him.
These callous comments are unfair to someone who is a secretary of the National Peace Committee and a member of the Inter-Religious Council of Nigeria (NIREC).
“As such, we call on Kukah to stop his vituperations against Islam and Muslims immediately, and to tender unreserved apologies to the Muslim Ummah, or else to leave the seat of the Caliphate quickly and quietly, as he seeks to break the age-long peaceful coexistence between the predominantly Muslim population and their Christian guests.”
The forum added that the “truth is known to the sensible and objective world!”
“We wonder how such a callous and senseless statement could be made by Kukah, who lives peacefully and comfortably in the heart of the Sokoto Caliphate.”
‘I have not asked for a coup’
In his Christmas letter, Bishop Kukah said that under President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria was on the verge of becoming a failed state, but denied calling for a coup in the country.
Kukah accused President Buhari of nepotism in the letter, saying that there could have been a coup if the president was a Southerner and a non-Muslim and had done a fifth of what the president had done.
“Kukah’s statement was described by the Presidency as an attempt to stoke the embers of hatred, sectarian struggle and national disunity, while it was termed by the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) as “reckless, inflammatory and unguarded.
But while answering Sokoto’s questions, Kukah said: “If you’re calling for a coup, it means it’s something that’s not here.” It is something that is going to arise in the future. So grammar is.
If I ask for it, then it means that it’s not ready. But if I say it was so, so, and so, the tenses are totally different, and maybe I’m wrong, so if you know better, let me know.
“It is therefore unfair for any reporter or newspaper to say that I have called for a military coup.”