Religious group, Jana’atu Nasril Islam has reacted to Bishop Kukah’s 2019 Christmas message calling it seditious and accusing the cleric of insulting Islam.
Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, secretary-general of JNI in a statement recently released said:
“The attention of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam has been drawn to an irresponsible and seditious Christmas message issued by the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Hassan Kukah,”
“Though the message is disguised as a political hogwash to deceive the innocent, there is no doubt that it was a poisoned arrow fired at the heart of Islam and Muslims in Nigeria, hence the need for this intervention.
“The Bishop statement was a prepared address considering the occasion and the audience, one cannot but agree that it was a calculated attempt to insult Islam which is typical of him.”
“The group said while Kukah was “warmly welcomed and accepted” at the seat of the Sokoto caliphate, he threw caution to the wind through “invective salvos” fired at Muslims without justification.”
“Kukah is the Bishop of the Sokoto diocese located at the seat of the Caliphate and the heart of Islam and Islamic scholarship, culture and practices in sub-Saharan Africa,”
“Despite the status of Sokoto to the Muslims and Islamic history, Bishop Kukah was warmly welcomed, accepted, accommodated and accorded respect deserving of his position as a religious leader.”
“Across the length and breadth of the Northern Nigeria, Kukah has friends and associates among the Muslim society. Without fear of any contradiction, he is most accepted and accommodated Christian clergy to the leaders of the Muslims in the north.”
“They accorded him all the support he needed, despite some reservations from some quarters about his tendencies to bite the fingers that feed him.”
“In spite of the liberality, congeniality and the camaraderie extended to Bishop Kukah in Sokoto and all over the Muslim north, he throws all sense of decorum and common sense to the wind.”