The president warned an Islamic group, the Muslim Solidarity Forum, to take into account his statements against the Catholic bishop of the diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah.
Edujandon.com reported that the Sokoto-based group asked Kukah to leave the state or to apologize for his comments on Islam.
In a statement Wednesday, the president’s chief special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, said that while Kukah has offended many with his remarks against Buhari, under Nigerian law, groups or factions must not give resignation notices. to nobody. but it must tolerate religious and ethnic differences.
Kukah, in his December 25 message, had accused the president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retired), of nepotism and failure to protect Nigerians. His message infuriated some nerves, especially in the field of pro-buharistas.
The cleric had said: “One northern imam after another has posted videos of lamentations on social media asking why, with all the cards of power in the hands of northern Muslims, everything is exploding at the seams. How is it that our region has become a cesspool of blood and death? Why did President Buhari hand over most jobs to Muslims in the north? Was it for effectiveness and efficiency? What was the logic? President Buhari must pause and turn around because his policy of nepotism has been rejected by the gods. “
MSF Acting President Professor Isa Maishanu had reacted in a rather late statement to the cleric’s Christmas Message, but Shehu urged the group to uphold the country’s multi-religious principles.
He wrote: “The right of coexistence of all religions is enshrined in the Constitution of this country. The duty of the government, moreover, this democratic government, is to ensure respect for the Constitution. But all must respect the rights and sensibilities of their Nigerian compatriots.
“Father Kukah has greatly offended many with his controversial comments against the government and the person of the president, and some even accuse him of expressing anti-Islamic rhetoric.
“In matters like these, responsible leadership in any society must exercise restraint.
“The sudden reactions will not only cause the erosion of lasting relationships, but also the evisceration of peaceful communities like Sokoto, the headquarters of the Muslim community as a beacon of pluralism and tolerance.
“The Sultanate has historically had good relations with followers of all religions. That is why Father Kukah was received upon his arrival in Sokoto with friendship and tolerance.
“Under our laws, groups or factions must not issue resignation notices, nor must they unilaterally sanction any perceived violation. Where they occur, it is the courts of law that must rule. Unilateral action is not the way to go.
“It should be considered that groups like the Muslim Solidarity Forum share and defend the multi-religious principles of the country. And people like Father Kukah must respect the sentiments of their fellow Nigerians in their public and private statements. “