…Urge Kukah not to apologise to any body
…Describes it as reckless, unguided utterances
By Gabriel Udeh, Kaduna
Middle Belt Forum (MBF) and entire ethnic nationality in the middle belt worldwide said Bishop Mathew Hassan Kakuh will not apologise to any group or individual over his Christmas message.
The forum also warned Prof. Maishanu led Muslim Solidarity Forum (MSF) to henceforth desist from any form of attack under the cover of religion and to note the consequences of their reckless, unwarranted and unguided utterances on the Bishop.
The Kaduna State chapter of the MBF gave the warning on Wednesday in a statement issued in kaduna and signed by the state Secretary, Mr. John Haruna.
“The Middle Forum on this, send a loud and big warning to Muslim Solidarity Forum and his so called professor to henceforth desist from any form of attack under the cover of religion and to note the CONSEQUENCES of their reckless, unwarranted and unguided utterances on the Clergy Bishop.
“While we call on the Department of State Security Services (DSS) to quickly urgently move into action now by arresting professor Isa Mohammed Maishanu for inviting religious violence as per their earlier warning few days ago and equally, he should tendered an unreserved apology to Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah for given a wrong interpretation to his beautiful Christmas Message.
“The Middle Belt Forum and the entire ethnic Nationalities in the Middle Belt region and worldwide hereby unequivocally and without fear of any intimidation, without any iota of doubt warned that any further attack on the Clergyman, Bishop will be resisted vehemently with stiff and prompt retaliation. we are no longer keeping quite neither are we going to tolerate any further attack and misguided statement from any group.
“The Forum and the entire ethnic Nationalities people in the Middle Belt and worldwide hereby urged our Beloved Bishop not to apologize to any groups or individual over his Christmas message”, it stated.
Middle Belt, in the release titled Nigeria belongs to all of us, enough is enough”, stated that
the Eleven points press release issued and signed by one Prof. Maishanu on behalf of the MSF .Sokoto, on Tuesday 12th January 2021, which is “asking Most Rev Dr Matthew Hassan Kukah, the Catholic Bishop of the Sokoto Diocese to leave the seat of the Caliphate defiled all human dignity.
“The ultimatum came to the Middle Belt Forum as a rude shock and defiled all human dignity.
“The Forum was not totally surprise at this new development because just 2 days ago, the DSS issued a red alert to the general public warning about the pending plans by some elements and groups of religious bodies working with external forces to incite religious violence across the country targeted some States and individuals.
“Part of the plans is to cause inter religious conflict as well as use their foot soldiers to attack some worship centers, religious leaders, personalities, key and vulnerable points.
“Now, it is clear to us that JNI and MSF has kick started the impending violence by trying to incite the peace loving people of Sokoto and our Muslims brothers all over the country against Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah over his historical, beautiful, worldwide applauded Christmas 2020 message.
“The demeaning call by the so called professor for Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah to apologize to the Muslim ummah or quickly and quietly leave the seat of caliphate “Is not just a ridiculous and unacceptable to us but demonic, uncalled for, and totally an affront to the right of Nigerians to live and resides freely in all parts of the country as a bonafide Citizens.