Northern Nigerian Youths under the auspices of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of the Catholic Arc. Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Hassan Kukah over a recent statement in which he reportedly suggested the use of violent methods for regime change.
According to the group Kukah’s statement is not only unguarded but capable of inciting military coup and insurrection against the democratically elected government of Muhammadu Buhari.
In a statement issued and signed by its National President, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, on Monday, the forum condemned in strong terms “Kukah’s use of nepotism as weapon of calumny against government and people of Nigeria.”
Shettima tasked Federal Government to place Kukah on special surveillance list for attempts to “set the South against the North in order to destabilize our country and further complicate matters
According to the AYCF, “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 President in 2023 and stop all the pretences” Shettima said
It also added Kukah should be reminded 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 the our sweat and toil and the sacrifice of our liberty,” Shettima was quoted to have said.