Kokori urges Buhari, Tambuwal to intervene over face-off between Kukah, JNI

Elder statesman, Chief Frank Kokori, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State to intervene in the ongoing face-off between the Archbishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah and Jama’atul Nasril Islam (JNI).

The chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Delta State, also urged them to stop the secretary-general of JNI, Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, PhD, from inciting Muslims against Bishop Kukah to avert a religious war.

Kokori, in a chat with Tribune Online late Tuesday night, warned against a seeming gradual descent of the country to avoidable religious war over the face-off.

The former general secretary of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) described, as treacherous, the deliberate misinterpretation and misrepresentation of Bishop Kukah’s Christmas homily by the JNI’s scribe.

He said having read the message of the Sokoto Bishop, he could not find any portion where the cleric disparaged Islam or Muslims, urging Buhari and Tambuwal to rein on Dr Aliyu not to cause a religious war in the country.

“Buhari and Tambuwal should call Dr Aliyu to order as he’s trying to cause a religious war in the country which is very dangerous.

“There was no portion where Bishop Kukah abused Islam or Muslims in his Christmas homily. Aliyu is an Islamic fundamentalist and should be treated as such.

“Aliyu should not drag Nigeria into his parochial ideology and if he’s worth his PhD degree, he should know that Bishop Kukah never attacked Islam or Muslims.

“Buhari and Tambuwal should rein on Aliyu not to create a religious war in the country. We’ve passed that stage. Religious war will bring the country to a zero level.

“It’s treacherous for JNI to misinterpret Bishop Kuku’s obvious message. There’s nothing anti-Islam or anti-Muslim in what Kukah said. Aliyu should desist from religious bigotry,” the septuagenarian admonished.

The Ovu-born former labour leader called on President Buhari and Governor Tambuwal to ensure Bishop Kukah’s security and safety is not compromised, adding that Dr Aliyu should be held responsible should Nigerians take up arms against themselves over religion.

Recall that Bishop Kukah of the Sokoto Catholic Diocese in his 2020 Christmas day message accused President Buhari of nepotism and other misdemeanours which have attracted several reactions across the country.


#EndSARS: As British Parliament Hears Petition, UK Govt Says It Won’t Speculate On Sanctions

The British Parliament at the Westminster Hall held a debate on ‘e-petition 554150, relating to Nigeria and the sanctions regime’ on Monday. The government of the United Kingdom has however responded…Kokori urges Buhari  Kokori urges Buhari

2023 Presidency: APC Govs’ Meeting With Jonathan Sparks Controversy

The surprise visit made on Friday night by the leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to former President Goodluck Jonathan at his residence in Abuja triggered a stir in the major political camps, resulting in at least four possible theories..Kokori urges Buhari  Kokori urges Buhari


You might also like

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. AcceptRead More