The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar-led Jama’atu Nasril Islam on Wednesday criticized the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah over his homily on Christmas day.
The organization described the homily of Kukah as a poisonous arrow fired across the country at the heart of Islam and Muslims.
The JNI comment comes three weeks after the Bishop’s message in which Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) was accused of nepotism by the President.
A statement in Kaduna on Wednesday, however, entitled, “Press release on the Christmas homily of Reverend Kukah,” and authored by JNI Secretary General Dr Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, described Kukah’s message as “irresponsible and seditious.”
The statement reads partly, “Though the message is disguised as a political hogwash to deceive the innocent, there is no doubt that it was a poisoned arrow fired at the heart of Islam and Muslims in Nigeria, hence the need for this intervention.
“The Bishop statement was a prepared address considering the occasion and the audience; one cannot but agree that it was a calculated attempt to insult Islam which is typical of him.
“His veiled insinuation that Muslims have a pool of violence to draw from is disgusting, disheartening, as well as condemnable.
“Responsibly, Christmas homilies should come with messages of hope, unity, mercy, forgiveness of the Supreme Being and resilience through prayers, especially in this trying time.
“The Bishop’s message was however a clear deviation from well-established norm across the globe.”