The Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has in a statement, signed today, called on Bishop Matthew Kukah to step down from Nigeria’s Peace Committee. The statement further read that the Bishop “indirectly called for a coup and referred to Islam as a violent religion and as such is unfit to be the secretary of Nigeria’s Peace Committee”
Furthermore, the failure for Kukah to step down will bring discredit to the committee. Read the statement in part below
“This Peace Committee has a credibility crisis on its hands unless it can remove Kukah as secretary and as a member of the bishop fails to recuse himself. Nigerian Muslims no longer have any confidence in the Peace Committee. It may as well disband while the members go home to sleep.
“This is the honourable thing for the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese to do in view of the humongous allegation levelled against him. A national peace committee needs wide acceptance from the general populace in order to function effectively. Unfortunately, this does not appear to be the true situation on the ground at present.
Bishop Kukah of the Sokoto Catholic Diocese has, however, on the 29th of December, a day before the release of this statement, denounced accusations that he called for a coup in his statements to the president, urging all to ignore the lies against him.
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He maintained that he failed to see why his critics could not identify with the daily loss of human lives within the country and twisted his words out of context. He concluded that having a view on governance does not make him a politician or someone vying for a political office.