The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to place Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah, who is the Catholic Archbisiop of Sokoto Diocese on security watch list over what they called his “unguarded and open incitement to military coup and insurrection against the democratically elected government.”
In a statement today, December 28, by its National President, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, the group condemned “Kukah’s use of nepotism as weapon of calumny against government and people of Nigeria.”
The group stressed that the Bishop’s Christmas sermon was an open attempt to “set the South against the North in order to destabilize our country and further complicate matters.”
The group took exception to what it described as “Kukah’s latest role in devil’s advocacy, as the North struggles to restore peace and enduring security in the region and indeed Nigeria.
“Such a reckless statement by Kukah betrays something much more sinister against both the North and the nation as a whole because Nigeria is at a stage that it requires responsible advice for attaining peace and stability, not deliberate attempt to mischievously compound our problems.
“If Kukah wants to play politics, he should not do so in the pulpit and he should keep the Bishop’s office aside and chose any Nigerian political party platform to contest for President in 2023 and stop all the pretences.”
The group then reminded the cleric of the rough road tread by democracy heroes to rid the nation of military dictatorship at a time when he was nowhere in sight.
“We will not allow opportunists who did make any contribution to scuttle the democracy achieved through our sweat and toil and the sacrifice of our liberty.”