Quietly vacate Sokoto, Muslim group tells Kukah

A statement by the Muslim Solidarity Forum(MSF), Sokoto, has called on Matthew Kukah, the Catholic bishop of Sokoto Diocese  to “quickly and quietly” leave the city or stop attacking Islam and apologise to the Muslim Ummah.

The group’s call came amid caution by the Department of State Services of a plot to incite religious violence in some states.

MSF chairman Isa Maishanu in a statement on Tuesday said Kukah, with his comments, was trying to break the age-long peaceful coexistence between the predominantly Muslim population and the Christian minority.

According to the statement,

In February 2020, he (Kukah) shamelessly staged a demonstration in the heart of Sokoto over the killing of a single Christian priest, presumably, by the Boko Haram insurgents, but did not consider hundreds of Muslims, Fulani herders that were mercilessly killed by the Christian militia in Taraba state in 2018.

The statement went further to ask the fiery clergy what he thought would happen if the peace-loving Muslims of the seat of Caliphate, responded to his incessant provocative attacks on them and their religion like what happened in Kafanchan 1987, Zango Kataf 1992, Tafawa Balewa in 1991, 1993, 1995 and 2001, Yelwa Shandam 2004, Zonkwa and Jarkasa in 2011?”

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