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Challenge the Nigerian Government and we will crucify you — Sokoto Cleric to Kukah.

A Sokoto-based Islamic cleric, Abubakar Malami, has warned the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah, to desist from challenging the Nigerian government or risk being crucified.

This development comes amidst the severe criticisms surrounding the bishop's Christmas message and subsequent statements he has made.

In a video sent to SaharaReporters, Malami, during a sermon, said if Kukah continues challenging the government, the bishop will be crucified and there'll be nobody to prevent it.

Not even the govt will be able to stop us," he said, towards the end of the video.
The cleric, who spoke in Hausa, said, Matthew Hassan Kukah is already cursed by Allah. 

Therefore, if Kukah challenges the govt , he will be crucified. we'll not hear anybody when we are crucifying him, not the govt , not even the Sultan of Sokoto.

The Muslim Solidarity Forum had earlier asked Kukah to tender an unreserved apology to the whole Muslim Ummah over his recent "malicious comments" against Islam or leave Sokoto.

The organisation described the message as a calculated plan to insult Islam.

JNI, in a statement in Kaduna by its Secretary-General, Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, said the bishop 
Should not take Muslims kindness for timidity or foolishness.

It said despite the status of Sokoto to Muslims and Islamic history, Kukah was warmly welcomed, accepted, accommodated and accorded respect deserving of his position as a spiritual leader.

It described Kukah’s message as “irresponsible and seditious”, adding, “Though the message is disguised as a political hogwash to deceive the innocent, there's little question that it was a poisoned arrow fired at the heart of Islam and Muslims in Nigeria, hence the necessity for this intervention.

“The bishop’s statement was a prepared address considering the occasion and also the audience, one cannot but agree that it absolutely was a calculated plan to insult Islam, which is typical of him.

“His veiled insinuation that Muslims have a pool of violence to draw from, is disgusting, disheartening, also as condemnable.

Responsibly, Christmas homilies should accompany messages of hope, unity, mercy, forgiveness of the Supreme Being and resilience through prayers, especially during this trying time.

“How can the Muslims still be hospitable to the one who proves to be ingrate repeatedly over?

“How can the Muslims be comfortable in associating with a bitterly vindictive person disguised within the garb of religious clergy?

Muslims in Nigeria can't be charged and be held responsible or in charge of the actions or inactions of government simply because it's headed by a Muslim.

Kukah, in his Christmas message on December 25, 2020, had accused President Muhammadu Buhari of nepotism and institutionalising northern hegemony by “reducing others publicly life to second-class status.

Every honest Nigerian knows that there's no way any non-Northern Muslim president could have done a fraction of what President Buhari has done by his nepotism and gotten away with it,” Kukah had said.

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