Following Bishop Matthew Kukah’s Christmas message to Nigerians, a northern organization known as the Muslim Right Concerned (MURIC) has called for the resignation of the Sokoto Archdiocese Bishop from the General Abdul Salaam-led National Peace Committee.
The director of the organization, Prof Ishaq Akintola in a statement signed and made available to newsmen revealed the organization’s current stand on the Bishop’s Christmas message to Nigeria Christians.
The statement reads; “We demand that Kukah should honourably recuse himself from the Peace Committee. Failure to do so will have a devastating effect of discrediting that committee. It will mean that the committee was set up in the first place for a partisan purpose.
“How did such a belligerent combatant emerge as the secretary of Nigeria’s Peace Committee? What good can come from a man who is filled with hate and bias for a large section of the country.
“The cleric claimed there could have been a coup or war in the country if a non-Nothern Muslim was the president in the last five years and did some of the things Buhari is doing.”
MURIC added that it believes those comments by the cleric are inconsistent with his status, particularly as the secretary of Nigeria’s Peace Committee.
According to MURIC, Muslims in Nigeria will no longer have any confidence in the committee, adding that the committee may as well be disbanded.
MURIC wondered why the committee had remained silent ever since the Bishop released the statement, adding that this may be interpreted to mean that the secretary is holding members of the committee to ransom.
MURIC called for the immediate review of the composition and operation of the Peace Committee.
Recall that Bishop Kukah of the Sokoto Archdiocese of the Catholic Church had in his Christmas message to Nigerians, bemoaned the nepotism which, according to him, has characterised the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.