- President Buhari and Sokoto state governor, Aminu Tambuwal have been called to wade in on the matter between Bishop Kukah and JNI
- The urgent appeal was made by APC chieftain Chief Frank Kokori, on Tuesday, January 12
- According to the elder statesman, the secretary of the Islamic group is inciting religious war in the country
Amid the face-off between Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah Chief Frank Kokori has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Aminu Tambuwal to step in.
The Delta state All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain made the appeal in an interview with Tribune Online on Tuesday night, January 12.
The elder statesman urged the Nigerian leader and governor to stop Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, the secretary-general of JNI from inciting Muslims against Kukah so as to prevent a religious war.
Kokori warned against a religious war over the face-off, adding that it could be very dangerous for Nigeria.
Speaking further Kokori described the deliberate misinterpretation and misrepresentation of the Catholic bishop’s Christmas homily by the group's scribe as treacherous.
The APC chieftain explained that after reading the message, he could not find any portion where the cleric disparaged Islam or Muslims. The elder statesman urged Buhari and Tambuwal to rein on Dr. Aliyu not to create a religious war in the country.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that weeks after the message of Bishop Kukah, which generated massive reactions across the country, JNI berated the Catholic priest.
The group led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar on Wednesday, January 6, described Kukah’s Christmas message as a poisoned arrow targeted at Islam and Muslims across Nigeria.
The organisation, in a statement by Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, JNI’s secretary-general in Kaduna, stated that Kukah’s message was irresponsible and seditious.
In a related development, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese has accused some people of inciting violence against him following the backlash that followed his Christmas day message on Nigeria.
Specifically, he made the accusation against an Islamic group, Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI). He consequently called out the secretary of the group.
He 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 message in which he insulted Islam or Muslims.
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