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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has warned all those threatening the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Most. Rev. Dr Matthew Kukah, to stop forthwith the 'unlawful' actions, reports ITREALMS.

CAN, ITREALMS gathered, also asked the security agencies to make certain the safety and security of the cleric is not breached.



The General-Secretary of CAN, Mr. Joseph Daramola, on Thursday gave this warning, insisting that there is no place Bishop Kukah called for coup and those threatening him ought to have been arrested by now.

ITREALMS recalls that a Sokoto-based religious group, Muslim Solidarity Forum (MSF) had asked Kukah to vacate the state or tender an apology over his comments on Islam.

But reacting, CAN in a press statement available to ITREALMS, said it has watched the unfolding scenario since December 25, when Kukah gave his homily only to be greeted by a barrage of condemnation and threats from government patronages.

The statement read in part: “We have been watching the unfolding scenario since Bishop Kukah spoke his mind on the State of the Nation in his Christmas homily and how some groups of people have been threatening him with fire and brimstone while all relevant security agencies are pretending as if nothing unusual is happening.

“We wonder if those threatening the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto are above the law or if they are sacred cows in the country.

“We have studied the whole Christmas message of Dr Kukah and we are yet to see any incitement against Islam or non- Christians. We see nothing wrong in his message to the nation that has been under the siege of terrorists, herdsmen killers, bandits and kidnappers as if there was no government in place. We see nothing wrong in telling a government whose lopsided appointments are against Christians the whole truth.

“If criticism against a Muslim President today, is an incitement to violence against Islam, it then means those who were criticising the duo of former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan when they were in power were actually attacking Christianity.

“When has it become an offence to speak the truth to power? When has it become a crime to criticise a government in the country?

CAN wondered why security operatives have failed to arrest those threatening to attack the Bishop, saying, “When did the Police and the Directorate of the State Security Services lose their power to miscreants and lawless people who are making boasts of their lawlessness without a challenge? We wonder if those Muslim groups who are threatening to deal with Kukah got equal response from their Christian counterparts, are we not setting up the country on fire?

“Bishop Kukah was posted to serve in Sokoto by the Papacy and threatening him to leave is a global threat to Christianity. In this same country, we have a Catholic Priest whose name is synonymous with President Muhammadu Buhari yet the Catholic Church has not deemed it fit to sanction him because Freedom of Speech and Association is not only a constitutional matter but godly.

“We call on President Muhammadu Buhari and all the security agencies to ensure that no harm befalls the Catholic Bishop of the Sokoto Diocese, Dr Matthew Hassan Kukah. As far as the Christian Association of Nigeria is concerned, what he said in his Christmas Homily was still within the ambience of the law.

“It is high time those hiding under religious sentiments to promote violence and crises stopped doing so if we want this country to progress. We have had enough of bloodshed in the country and we call on the security agencies to rise up to their constitutional responsibilities. Nothing must happen to Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah. Enough is Enough,” can submitted.

The presidency, ITREALMS gathered, has since condemned MSF's threat, saying Bishop Kukah has the freedom to practice his religion and political opinion.

Chuks Egbune/DoP

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