The youth wing of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) has vowed to reciprocate any form of attack targeted at the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah.
Kukah’s controversial Christmas message had earned him criticisms and backlash from major Islamic and northern groups in the country.
On Tuesday, the Muslim Solidarity Forum asked Kukah to tender an unreserved apology to the entire Muslim Ummah or leave Sokoto.
But, on Wednesday, in a statement issued by SOKAPU, the group accused the Muslim Solidarity Forum of trying to incite the peace-loving people of Sokoto and some northerners against the bishop over his Christmas message, which they described as ‘the obvious truth’.
The statement partly read, “The attention of the Youth Wing of Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) has again been drawn to an eleven (11) point press statement issued and signed by one Professor Isa Mohammed Maishanu on behalf of Muslim Solidarity Forum Sokoto on Tuesday, the 12th day of January, 2021.
“The statement is asking Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah to leave the Seat of Caliphate (Sokoto), and is also trying to incite the peace-loving people of Sokoto and the North against the bishop over his Christmas message where the bishop out of passionate patriotism voiced out the obvious truth when he said: ‘Every honest Nigerian knows that there is no way any non-Northern Muslim President could have done a fraction of what President Muhammadu Buhari has done with his nepotism and got away with it’.
“We are however dismayed and pained that a professor could condescend this low, throwing caution to the wind and toeing the path of religious rascality and bigotry by deliberately attempting to window dress the bishop’s message with religious colourations and further inciting the general Muslim Ummah against the bishop.
“The demeaning call by the so-called professor for Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah to ‘apologise to the Muslim Ummah or quickly and quietly leave the Seat of the Caliphate’ is not just ridiculous and unacceptable but an affront to the rights of all Nigerians who live and reside freely in all parts of the country.
“We believe that the reckless statement credited to the professor does not in any way reflect the position of a responsible group such as the Muslim Solidarity Forum.”
The SOKAPU youth wing also urged the Department of State Services to arrest Maishanu, who signed the statement on behalf of the group. They said his arrest would serve as a deterrent to those already brainwashed and misled by Maishanu’s unguided statements and prevent a religious war.
SOKAPU youth wing added, “While we call on the Department of State Services to as a matter of urgency arrest Prof. Isa Mohammed Maishanu to serve as a deterrent to those already brainwashed and misled by his unguided statements and prevent a religious war, we’re equally urging the professor to as a matter of public interest and safety submit himself to the nearest psychiatric home for an immediate psychological examination for shamelessly trying to establish a nexus between Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah’s message and Muslims vis-a-vis Islam.”
The group also stressed that it would not tolerate any attack on Kukah by anyone as he has committed no offence.
“The youth and people of Southern Kaduna hereby unequivocally warn that we will not accept further attacks on the person and character of Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah under any pretence. Neither Prof. Maishanu nor any person or group of persons can mourn more than the bereaved.
“The bishop’s message was directed to the powers that be and could not in any way be said to have been directed to Muslims and Islam, a religion well known to profess peace.
“The youth of Southern Kaduna therefore vow to reciprocate any form of attack directed or aimed at putting the bishop in harm’s way by any group of ethnic loyalists, religious extremists and enthusiasts.”
Police not Nigeria’s problem, shouldn’t be targeted — Dickson
Senenator Seriake Dickson, representing Bayelsa West, PDP, in the National Assembly on Friday said police was not the problem of Nigeria and should not be seen as enemy .
The Force Public Relations Officer, FPRO, Frank Mba in Abuja in a statement on Friday in Abuja quoted Dickson as saying this in Abuja
Mr Mba explained that the former Bayelsa governor made the assertion when he paid a solidarity visit to the Acting Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Usman Baba.
The senator, a two time governor of Bayelsa, said that the visit was in solidarity with the police over the dastardly and criminal acts of terrorism, unprovoked and coordinated attacks on the force.
Mr Dicksom said that the murder of innocent police officers and malicious damage of security assets and other government infrastructure in some parts of the country were condemnable.
The senator called for a cessation of all forms of criminal attack on police and government infrastructure in the country.
He congratulated the new police boss on his appointment as the 21st indigenous I-G and called for proper funding of the Force to enhance its operational efficiency.
Mr Dickson commended the Nigeria Police for doing their best in the face of daunting welfare and operational challenges.
In his remark, I-G Baba commended the Senator and pledged that the force would remain committed and unwavering in its task of protecting lives and property in spite of the numerous challenges.
Ex-Gov accuses southern governors of betrayal over ban on open grazing
Former Nasarawa State Governor, Senator Abdullahi Adamu has accused the Southern Governors of a ‘betrayal of trust’ after the consensus to outlaw open grazing in the country.
He also accused them of betraying their oath of allegiance to the President of Nigeria.
According to Adamu, “the fact that they have taken a decision as a divisive move does not speak well of their intention. I feel it is a betrayal of trust. I think they are just playing to the gallery.
The former two-term governor of Nasarawa State made the submission on Thursday in Keffi, the state capital during an interview with journalists.
This was in response to the communique issued by the 17 southern governors after their meeting on Tuesday in Asaba, the Delta State capital.
Ripples Nigeria had reported that the Southern Governors Forum at the end of its meeting held in Delta State on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently address the security situation in the country and speak directly to Nigerians.
The Governors while banning open grazing in their region, also noted that the activities of armed herdsmen in the southern part of the country is a serious security challenge that needs urgent attention as innocent citizens are being killed and their properties destroyed.
However, Adamu in his reaction said the Governors are only playing to the gallery and have said nothing different.
In order to promulgate the law, the Governors ought to have ensured passage via their respective Houses of Assembly rather than addressing the issue in a public communique.
Adamu said, “While we accept the fact that we have freedom of association and freedom of expression as citizens, they have failed to express their views through the right channel. They are members of the National Council of State. Every governor is a member of the NCS. It also included former presidents who are still living.
What they are saying is not new. Those things have become like broken records, saying the same thing over and over again. Why can’t they come to the appropriate body which is the National Assembly to project their ideas?
They have members in the National Assembly who are representing them, if they have an issue that is so important as that which borders on the constitution of the country, they should go there and express their grievances.
“We would sit, debate it and see how best we can come out of it. There can’t be Nigeria if everyone want to have things happen in his or her own way.
“There is a constitution and there is a framework that we are supposed to operate as governors. To go outside it is a betrayal of their oath of office. Each of them talking there, if you take a look at what is happening in their individual states, they cannot in all honesty and good conscience, challenge Buhari.”
Eid el Fitr; Former Federal Lawmaker,Mohammed Sani Kutigi Greets Nigerlites.
A former Federal Lawmaker from Niger state and PDP starlwart,Alhaji Mohammed Sani Kutigi has sent a message of congratulations to Moslem faithfuls and the people of Niger state on the occassion of Eid el Fitr.
In a message to mark the occassion,the Federal Lawmaker commemded the people of Niger state for remaining peaceful and law abiding amidst naked provocations.
Kutigi urged the people of the state to pray more fervently for God’s intervention inview of frequent securtiy threats to lives and properties.
He appealed to the people of the state to remain securtiy conscious,their neighbors keepers and report suspicious movement to the law enforcement agencies.
He challenged the security agencies to do more in the protection of lives and properties of hapless citizens from bandits attacks, kidnapping and herders threats to lives and properties.
The PDP starlwart and national officer congratulated the people of the state for witnessing this year’s occassion.
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