– Kukah has accused Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) of inciting violence against him
– The cleric said he is more interested in how religion can be used to foster unity
– Specifically, Kukah asked those inciting violence against him to point out where he wrote against Islam
Following the backlash that followed his Christmas day message on Nigeria, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, has accused some people of inciting violence against him.
Specifically, he made the accusation against an Islamic group, Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI).
He consequently called out the secretary of JNI, Khalid Aliyu
“Dr Aliyu has accused me of being an enemy of his Religion, Islam. He accused me of what he calls, firing an arrow at the heart of Islam and Muslims in Nigeria. He says I have been accorded respect and accommodated in Sokoto and I have turned around to bite a finger that has fed me. He poses a question: How can Muslims continue to be hospitable to one who proves to be an ingrate many times over? How can Muslims be comfortable in associating with a bitterly vindictive person disguised in the garb of a religious cleric? I can only take this statement from the secretary-general of JNI as a clear case of incitement to violence against me.”
Premium Times reports that Kukah disclosed this in a press statement on Monday, January 11.
Kukah who said they accused him of firing an arrow at the heart of Islam and Muslims in Nigeria challenged them to point out any part in his in which he insulted Islam or Muslims.
According to him, he is more interested in how religion can be used to foster unity as against what he was accused of doing.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Kukah clarified his Christmas homily which attracted criticisms from supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Kukah had in his homily accused Buhari of tribalism, adding that if a southerner were in power today, he would have been a victim of a coup.
The message irked supporters and admirers of the president who took to social media to accuse Kukah of fanning the embers of discord and heating the polity.
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