Some young Christians under the auspices of the Nigerian Christian Association, Youth Wing, YOWICAN, condemned on Sunday the invitation of the Catholic bishop of the diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah, by the State Security Service, SSS.
In reaction, YOWICAN President Belusochukwu Enwere in a statement Sunday stressed that the Service should also invite popular Islamic cleric Ahmad Gumi for questioning for “fraternizing with bandits.”
The statement read: “YOWICAN’s attention has been drawn to the alleged invitation extended to Bishop Hassan Kukah, Bishop of the Diocese of Sokoto. Bishop Kukah did not commit any offense; rather, the government should channel its energy into the fight to rid the country of terrorists and bandits.
“Recently, more than 200 people died in the state of Zamfara and the villagers were displaced. This is really disheartening. We will mobilize all Christian youth across the country to honor this invitation.
“DSS has extended its invitation to us, not Bishop Kukah, and we will honor it. The DSS should first invite Ahmad Gumi for questioning for interacting with bandits.
YOWICAN quoted Mr. Gumi as saying that the people could develop “a mutual relationship with the bandits without being harmed.”
According to Mr. Enwere, Gumi has been “fraternizing with bandits and working freely without any invitation from DSS or the police.”
He said: “The DSS has invited Bishop Matthew Kukah for questioning, days after the prominent Catholic priest intensified his criticism of President Muhammadu Buhari for failing to curb insecurity across the country.
“Bishop Kukah criticized President Buhari in his Christmas sermon, saying that the Nigerian leader has failed to show his competence as terrorists, bandits and other violent criminals embark on a coordinated and relentless rampage across the country.”
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