Press Released: Enough Of The Bigotry And Senseless Attacks On Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah – SOKAPU Youth Wing
The attention of the Youth Wing of Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU) has again been drawn to an eleven (11) point press statement issued and signed by one Professor Isa Mohammed Maishanu on behalf of Muslim Solidarity Forum Sokoto on Tuesday the 12th day of January 2021, asking Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah to leave the Seat of Caliphate (Sokoto).
It is believed that they are trying to incite the peace-loving people of Sokoto and the North against the Bishop over his Christmas message. The Bishop out of his passion for Nigeria and being patriotic voiced out the obvious truth when he said ” Every honest Nigerian knows that there is no way any Non-Northern Muslim President could have done a fraction of what President Buhari has done with his Nepotism and gotten away with it.”
We are dismayed and pained that, a Professor will condescend this low, throwing caution to the wind and towing the path of religious rascality and bigotry by deliberately attempting to window dressed the Bishop’s message with religious colorations and further inciting the general Muslim Ummah against the Bishop.
The demeaning call by the Professor for Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah to “apologize to the Muslim Ummah or quickly and quietly leave the Seat of the Caliphate” is not just ridiculous and unacceptable, but an affront to the rights of all Nigerians to live and resides freely in all parts of the country.
We believe that the reckless statement credited to the Professor does not in any way reflect the position of a responsible group where they see the Buhari-led administration is centered on religious line.
While we call on the Department of State Services as a matter of urgency to arrest Professor Isa Mohammed Maishanu to serve as deterrence to those already brainwashed and misled by his unguided statements and prevent a religious war, We are equally urging the professor to as a matter of public interest and safety submit himself to the nearest psychiatric home for an immediate psychological examination for shamelessly trying to establish a Nexus between Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah’s message and Muslims vis Avis Islam.
The youths and People of Southern Kaduna hereby unequivocally warn that we will not accept further attacks on the person and character of Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah under any pretense.
Neither professor Isa Mohammed Maishanu nor any person or group of persons can mourn more than the bereaved.
The Bishop message was directed to the powers that be and cannot in any way be said to have been directed to Muslims and Islam a religion well known to profess peace.
The youths of Southern Kaduna, therefore, call on Nigerians to see the message of the Bishop as a bitter truth that needs to be told. We must put aside out religious or ethnic differences in other to make Nigeria hospitable for all.
National Youth Leader
Southern kaduna People’s Union