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JNI attacks Bishop Kukah


Jama’atu Nasrul Islam (JNI) has described the Catholic Bishop of the Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Kukah as an “ingrate”, “an utterly vindictive person disguised in the garb of a clergy” , and a “conflict entrepreneur.”

They wondered how Kukah who has been warmly treated and received by Muslims all over the country will use Islam as a punching bag in a guise to criticise President Muhammadu Buhari.

They warned him not to mistake Muslim’s timidity and kindness for foolishness. They said Muslims only do this in adherence to the teachings of their religion.

They wondered why Islam should be held accountable if the country’s President is a muslim.

Switch had reported that Kukah, in a Christmas message said that a non-muslim president who did a fraction of what President Muhammadu Buhari did would’ve been booted out via a coup.

Kukah had alleged that Muslims have a pool of violence to draw from while Christians do not.

JNI in a statement signed by its Secretary-General Dr Khalid Abubakar Aliyu on Wednesday had rubbished Kukah’s claims.

“Kukah is the Bishop of the Sokoto diocese located at the seat of the Caliphate and the heart of Islam and Islamic scholarship, culture and practices in sub-Saharan Africa. Despite the status of Sokoto to the Muslims and Islamic history, Bishop Kukah was warmly welcomed, accepted, accommodated and accorded respect deserving of his position as a religious leader,” the statement read in part.

“Bishop Kukah should not take Muslms kindness for timidity or foolishness. In being accommodative and kind, the Muslims are adhering to the teaching of the Glorious Quran that even in times of war the Muslims should offer assistance to those who seek their protection. Quran chapter 9 verse 6 is categorical on this.

“Therefore, the Muslims kind nature should not be taken for granted, because our Prophet (Peace be upon him) has warned that a Muslim should not allow himself to be ridiculed where he said believer should not be stung twice in the same hole {Hadith}.

The statement added that: “Across the length and breadth of the Northern Nigeria, Kukah has friends and associates among the Muslim society. Without fear of any contradiction, he is most accepted and accommodated Christian clergy to the leaders of the Muslims in the north. They accorded him all the support he needed, despite some reservations from some quarters about his tendencies to bite the fingers that feed him.

“In spite of the liberality, congeniality and the camaraderie extended to Bishop Kukah in Sokoto and all over the Muslim north, he throws all sense of decorum and common sense to the wind and fired invective salvos on the Muslims and Islam without any justification.

“By this and his several similar inane attacks against Islam and the Muslims, the Bishop has lost the friendship and the hospitality of the entire Muslim populace. How can the Muslims ever trust a man who smiles at their faces in the day and hold dagger against them in the night? How can the Muslims continue to be hospitable to the one who proves to be ingrate many times over? How can the Muslims be comfortable in associating with a bitterly vindictive person disguised in the garb of religious clergy?”

They however asked Muslims to be calm in the midst of provocation.

“Muslims in Nigeria cannot be charged and be held responsible or accountable for the actions or inactions of Government just because it is headed by a Muslim. The Bishop cannot pretend to be attacking President Buhari and end up punching Islam and the Muslims. We will never accept to be used as punching bag of the vindictive Bishop

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