MURIC Asks Bishop Kukah To Resign From National Peace Committee
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has asked Bishop Matthew Kukah of the Sokoto Archdiocese of the Catholic Church to resign from the General Abdul Salaam-led National Peace Committee.
This was made known in a statement signed by the director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola.
Recall that Bishop Kukah, in his Christmas message to Nigerians, stated that President Muhammadu Buhari deliberately sacrificed the dreams of those who voted for him to what seemed like a programme to stratify and institutionalise northern hegemony.
According to him, a non-Northern Muslim president cannot do a fraction of what President Buhari has done by his nepotism and get away with it.
Reacting to this, MURIC said Kukah’s comments are inconsistent with his status, particularly as the secretary of Nigeria’s Peace Committee.
“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? He calls for a coup against a democratically elected government. He stigmatized Islam as a violent religion. He derides the North. 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,” MURIC’s statement reads in part.
MURIC noted that the silence of the Peace Committee since the Kukah controversy began was disturbing, adding that Nigerian Muslims will have no confidence in the Committee as long as Kukah remains its secretary and member because he failed to remain neutral.
MURIC called on the Chairman and members of the Peace Committee to review its composition and operation immediately.
“The secretariat of the Peace Committee must be moved out of the Kukah Centre. A neutral place must be found. In addition, a neutral person who is not head or official of any religious group or a person known for making volatile statements must be made head of its secretariat. The Peace Committee may also consider coopting a co-chairman who must be a Christian since the current chairman is a Muslim. This will engender balance,” the statement added.