The Muslim Solidarity Forum, has called on the Catholic bishop of the Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Kukah to apologise to Muslims for his comments linking Islam with violence.
Mathew Kukah had in a Christmas messages, accused Muslims of having a pool of violence to draw from anytime they’re upset.
Professor Isa Maishanu, Ag Chairman of the Forum, said that Kukah’s comments may cause a break in the peaceful coexistence between Muslims and Christians in a press conference on Tuesday.
They asked him to apologise or quickly pack and leave Sokoto, the seat of Islamic caliphate.
“Our intention at Muslim Solidarity Forum is not to hold brief for the President, as he has those who are paid to do that; rather our concern is the image and reputation of Muslims, which Mr Kukah finds pleasure in attacking without an iota of caution, and by referring to him [the president] as a Muslim, that automatically brings all Muslims [into] the issue.
“The Bishop has a 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.
“He even has the guts to say the killings we are witnessing in Nigeria are part of a grand religious design! Religious? Who are the victims of the killings?
“What religion do they profess? Is it not a fact that over 90 per cent of those being killed are Muslims?
“Who is behind the so called design?” he asked.
“These callous statements are unbecoming of someone who parades himself as secretary to the 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 the Caliphate, as he is trying to break the age-long peaceful coexistence between the predominantly Muslim population and their Christian guests,” they noted.
They wondered how Kukah who has lived for decades peacefully in Sokoto can make such statements.