An Islamic group, the Muslim Solidarity Forum (MSF), Sokoto, has asked the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, to “quickly and quietly leave the seat of Caliphate”.
The group also gave Kukah the option of tendering an unreserved apology to the Muslim Ummah or immediately stop making ‘malicious’ statements against Islam.
While reacting to Kukah’s Christmas message, acting Chairman of MSF, Prof Isa Maishanu through a statement said that Kukah wants to break the peaceful coexistence between Islamic faithfuls and their christian counterparts in the state.
MSF message comes shortly after the Department of State Services (DSS) raised an alarm over plot by some unscrupulous individuals to cause religious unrest across the country, VANTAGE NEWS reports.
Maishanu asked Muslim leaders to realise that Kukah does not hold back in criticising them despite always extending a friendly hand to him.
The statement chided Kukah for protesting when a priest was killed in 2020 but kept silent when hundreds of Muslims, Fulani herders were allegedly killed by the Christian militia in Taraba state in 2018
“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 read partly.
Maishanu wondered what would happen if Muslims in Sokoto decides to react to Kukah’s messages like what happened Kafanchan 1987, Zango Kataf 1992, Tafawa Balewa in 1991, 1993, 1995 and 2001, Yelwa Shandam 2004, Zonkwa and Jarkasa in 2011.