The presidency has faulted a group, the Muslim Solidarity Forum over a threat it issued to the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Rev Matthew Hassan Kukah to tender an apology over a recent comment credited to him or leave the state.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Garba Shehu said the presidency views the situation as an assault on the cleric’s freedom.
The presidency also declared that Bishop Kukah must be allowed to practice his faith and politics, describing the stance by the Muslim solidarity forum as wrong and not in line with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
While noting that Bishop Kukah offended many with his remarks against the government and the person of the president, Garba called for restraint, warning that groups or factions such as the Muslim Solidarity Forum must not give quit notices, neither should they unilaterally sanction any perceived breaches.
Bishop Kukah in his Christmas message had lamented the state of the polity, condemning the president’s leadership style and ascribing the prevailing national condition to his decisions.
The Muslim Solidarity Forum said the christian cleric’s comment was an insult to the entire Muslim Ummah and malicious comments against Islam.