In a fallout of his recent letter accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of nepotism, Matthew Kukah, has accused the Secretary-General of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), Khalid Aliyu, of inciting violence against him. Now the Bishop of Sokoto Catholic diocese, Kukah wants JNI to stop incitements he said are unfounded.
JNI had alleged that the Bishop was “firing poisoned arrows” at Muslims.
Kukah in a reaction on Monday asked the JNI secretary to “as a matter of honour” show where he attacked Islam or Muslims in the statement, adding that he is “more than happy to apologise” for such.
“Dr Aliyu has accused me of being an enemy of his religion, Islam. He accused me of what he calls, firing an arrow at the heart of Islam and Muslims in Nigeria. He says I have been accorded respect and accommodated in Sokoto and I have turned around to bite a finger that has fed me,” he said in a statement.
“He poses a question: How can Muslims continue to be hospitable to one who proves to be an ingrate many times over? How can Muslims be comfortable in associating with a bitterly vindictive person disguised in the garb of a religious cleric? I can only take this statement from the Secretary-General of JNI as a clear case of incitement to violence against me.
Kukah Wants JNI To Show How He Attacked Islam
“The relevant paragraphs in my Sermon focused on the two painful themes of nepotism and the haemorrhaging of lives in our country, a fact that as I said, most religious leaders and statesmen and women have alluded to,” he said.
“How a critique of government policies suddenly becomes hatred of Islam and the north, beggars belief. I am therefore calling on Dr. Aliyu to clarify and validate his accusations against me and advance the reasons why he should incite violence against me.
“I am unaware of anyone in Sokoto who has accused me of any misdemeanour or actions aimed at undermining the state or anyone, no least the faith of Islam.”