President Buhari’s Senior Particular Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has described as ‘unsuitable calls by the Muslim Solidarity Discussion board in Sokoto State that Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan Kukah ought to apologize or go away Sokoto State over his alleged ” malicious vituperations in opposition to Islam and Muslims”.
The discussion board had enjoined Bishop Kukah to tender an unreserved apology to the Muslim Ummah over his Christmas message to Nigerians or go away Sokoto State.
However in response, Kukah had mentioned he was able to apologise if he’s proven any a part of his Christmas sermon that insulted Islam.
Reacting, Garba Shehu in an announcement on Wednesday mentioned that the reported ultimatum given by the group is unsuitable as a result of it’s not in keeping with the Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
In response to him, below Nigeria’s structure, each citizen has the fitting to, amongst others, freedom of speech and expression, the fitting to personal property and reside in any a part of the nation, and the fitting to maneuver freely with none inhibitions.
Shehu additional urged Father Kukah to respect the sentiments of his fellow Nigerians in his personal and public utterances.
”The fitting for all religions to coexist is enshrined on this nation’s Structure. The obligation of the federal government, extra so, this democratic authorities, is to make sure that the Structure is revered. However all should respect the rights and sensitivities of their fellow Nigerians.
”Father Kukah has drastically offended many along with his controversial remarks in opposition to the federal government and the individual of the President, with some even accusing him of voicing anti-Islamic rhetoric.
”On issues similar to these, accountable management in any society should train restraint. Knee-jerk reactions is not going to solely trigger the fraying of tolerating relationships, but additionally the evisceration of peaceable communities similar to Sokoto, the headquarters of the Muslim group as beacon of pluralism and tolerance.
”The Sultanate has traditionally had good relations with followers of all faiths. That’s the reason Father Kukah was acquired on his arrival in Sokoto with friendship and tolerance.
”Beneath our legal guidelines, teams or factions should not give stop notices, neither ought to they unilaterally sanction any perceived breaches. The place they happen, it’s the courts of regulation that ought to adjudicate. Unilateral motion shouldn’t be the best way to go.
”Teams such because the Muslim Solidarity Discussion board should be seen to share and uphold the nation’s multi-religious ideas. And people like Father Kukah should respect the sentiments of his fellow Nigerians in his personal and public utterances.”