The Archbishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah says he is able to apologise if he’s proven any a part of his Christmas sermon that insulted Islam.
Kukah was reacting to an announcement by the Islamic teams JNI, who alleges that he bit the finger that fed him regardless of being accepted and tolerated.
Bishop Kukah additionally requested the Islamic teams to point out him the place and the way in all his sermon that he insulted Islam or Muslims.
In his response to the JNI’s assertion, Kukah famous that the JNI Secretary dwelt extra on politics relatively than humanity to have accused him of firing an arrow on the coronary heart of Islam and Muslims in Nigeria.
He defined, “Dr Aliyu has accused me of being an enemy of his faith, Islam. He accused me of what he calls, firing an arrow on the coronary heart of Islam and Muslims in Nigeria.”
Bishop Kukah defined that the assertion mentioned he has been accorded respect and accommodated in Sokoto and has rotated to chunk a finger that has fed him.
Kukah added, “He poses a query: How can Muslims proceed to be hospitable to 1 who proves to be an ingrate many occasions over? How can Muslims be snug in associating with a bitterly vindictive particular person disguised within the garb of a non secular cleric?”
Bishop Kukah famous that his space of analysis is faith, politics and society, saying that he’s involved about how faith can assist to type good residents and in addition how the state can create an setting that allows residents to attain this.
“In all of my writings over the past forty or extra years, I’ve by no means written a single paper or article on Islam as a faith. If there’s any scholar anyplace who is aware of, let her or him say so.
“I’ve written about faith specializing in how each residents and the state take care of it, with a deal with politicians. My considerations are summarised in what the late Professor Bala Usman loosely known as the manipulation of faith. This manipulation is what has turned faith right into a weapon of conflict in Nigeria,” he defined.
Bishop Kukah requested, Dr Aliyu as a matter of honour and based mostly on the textual content of my sermon to formally establish the place in his sermon he attacked Islam or all Muslims in Nigeria, assuring that he can be very happy to apologise for the offensive a part of the assertion.
He additional said, “The related paragraphs in my sermon targeted on the 2 painful themes of nepotism and the haemorrhaging of lives in our nation, a indisputable fact that as I mentioned, most spiritual leaders and statesmen and ladies have alluded to.
“How a critique of presidency insurance policies all of a sudden turns into hater of Islam and the north, beggars perception.”
He known as on Dr Aliyu to make clear and validate his accusations in opposition to him and advance the the reason why he ought to incite violence in opposition to him.
Bishop Kukah famous, “I’m unaware of anybody in Sokoto who has accused me of any misdemeanour or actions aimed toward undermining the state or anybody, no least the religion of Islam.”
He reiterated, “I consider that as we speak, nepotism poses a severe menace to our nation.”
He added that the problem of the insecurity and the way the north has change into so affected, saying, “My perception was so as to add my voice to the voices of thousands and thousands of Nigerians, Muslims, Christians, Conventional rulers, Statesmen and all who’ve proven real concern.”
He opined that it might be a fantastic pity and a disservice to their efforts at nationwide cohesion in the event that they resort to the sort of diversionary threats that Dr Aliyu has launched into.
“It solely makes the job of insurgents simpler if we change into enemies to 1 one other,” he famous.