The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has issued a strong warning to the North and Islamic groups over threats on Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan Kukah.
The association called on the security agencies to ensure the safety and security of the cleric.
The organisation made this known in a press statement by its General Secretary, Joseph Daramola, on Thursday.
Daramola stated that the body has been watching the unfolding scenario since Kukah spoke his mind on the State of the Nation in his Christmas homily.
“Some groups of people have been threatening him with ﬁre and brimstone while all relevant security agencies are pretending as if nothing unusual is happening. We wonder if those threatening the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto are above the law or if they are sacred cows in the country.
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“We have studied the whole Christmas message of Dr Kukah and we are yet to see any incitement against Islam or non- Christians. We see nothing wrong in his message to the nation that has been under the siege of terrorists, herdsmen killers, bandits and kidnappers as if there was no government in place. We see nothing wrong in telling a government whose lopsided appointments are against Christians the whole truth.
“If criticism against a Muslim President today, is an incitement to violence against Islam, it then means those who were criticising the duo of former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan when they were in power were actually attacking Christianity.
“When has it become an offence to speak the truth to power? When has it become a crime to criticise a government in the country?” part of the statement read.
The organisation called on President Muhammadu Buhari and security agencies to ensure the safety of the cleric.