Several weeks later, the Christmas day message by Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah is still generating reactions from quarters of the country.
Recall that Kukah in a Christmas Day message accused the President Muhammadu Buhari administration of nepotism.
The Bishop also stated that there would have been a coup if another president had acted like Buhari.
In a new development, a group under the aegis of Muslim Solidarity Forum has urged the clergy to apologise to the entire Muslim Ummah over his recent comments against Islam.
Speaking to newsmen on Tuesday the acting chairman of the Muslim forum, Professor Isa Muhammad Maishanu described Kukah’s comment as “malicious.”
The Islamic group warned the cleric to “quickly and quietly leave” Sokoto, the seat of the caliphate.
MSF expressed that Kukah’s “innuendos and parables” in his speeches were against Islam and its adherents, adding that they were provocative.
“The Bishop has the penchant to speak in parables and innuendos. His reference to a people who possess ‘a pool of violence to draw from’ no doubt is a reference to those he has always characterized with violence – the Muslims. This is a serious provocation.”
The group also accused Kukah of not only unable to “appreciate in his Muslim hosts or their religion,” but disparaging them with “provocative and uncouth language…”
The group also described Kukah’s comments as an attempt to break the age-long peaceful coexistence between the predominantly Muslim population and their Christian.
“These callous statements are unbecoming of someone who parades himself a secretary to National Peace Committee and a member of Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC), as such, we call on Kukah to immediately stop his malicious vituperations against Islam and Muslims and tender unreserved apology to the Muslim Ummah or else quickly and quietly leave the seat of Caliphate, as he is trying to break the age-long peaceful coexistence between the predominantly Muslim population and their Christian guests,” the group said.