Bishop Kukah Accuses Islamic Group Of Inciting Violence Against Him




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A popular Islamic group identified as Jama’atu Nasril Islam (), have been accused by Catholic Bishop Matthew Kukah Sokoto Diocese inciting violence against him.

Recall that Islamic group had accused Kukah “firing a poisoned arrow at heart Islam and in Nigeria” after controversial Christmas message where he said there could have been a coup if a non- Muslim President did a fraction of what President Buhari.

in a statement signed by its secretary-general Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, alleged that Catholic Bishop attacked Islam even when he was welcomed in Sokoto.

Reacting to statement, Catholic Bishop alleged that Islamic group was simply inciting violence against him.

Kukah Said;

“Dr Aliyu has accused me of being an enemy of Religion, Islam. He accused me of what he calls, firing an arrow at the heart of Islam and in Nigeria. He says have been accorded respect and accommodated in Sokoto and have turned around to bite a finger that has fed me. He poses a question: How can continue to be hospitable to one who proves to be an ingrate many times over? How can be comfortable in associating a bitterly vindictive person disguised in the garb of a religious ? can only take this statement from the Secretary General of as a clear case of incitement to violence against me.

“Finally, will make only two points. First, my area of is Religion, Politics and . am concerned about how religion can help to form good citizens and also how the state can create an that enables citizens to achieve this. In all of my writings over the last forty or more years, have never written a single paper or article on Islam as a Religion. If there is any scholar anywhere who knows, let him or her say so. I have written about Religion focusing on how both citizens and the state deal it focus on politicians. My concerns are summarised in what the late Professor Bala Usman loosely referred to as the manipulation of religion. This manipulation is what has turned religion into a weapon of war in Nigeria.

“Secondly, I will request Dr Aliyu as a matter of honour and based on the text of my sermon to formally identify where in my Sermon I attacked Islam or all Muslims in Nigeria and the world according to him. I am more than happy to apologise for the offensive part of the statement. The relevant paragraphs in my Sermon focused on the two painful themes of and the hemoraging of lives in our country, a fact that as I said, most religious leaders and statesmen and women have alluded to. How a critique of government policies suddenly becomes hatred of Islam and the north, beggars belief. I am therefore calling on Dr. Aliyu to clarify and validate accusations against me and advance the reasons he should incite violence against me. I am unaware of anyone in Sokoto who has accused me of any misdemeanor or actions aimed at undermining the state or anyone, no least the faith of Islam.

“I believe that today, poses a serious threat to our country.

“The second point was the issue of the and how the north has become so affected. My belief was to add my voice to the voices of millions of Nigerians, Muslims, Christians, Traditional rulers, Statesmen and all who have shown genuine concern.

“It will be a great pity and a disservice to our efforts at national cohesion if we resort to the kind of diversionary threats that Dr Aliyu has embarked on. It only makes the job of insurgents easier if we become enemies to one another.”

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