Kukah’s homily a poisoned arrow fired at the heart of Islam in Nigeria – JNI

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The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) has described the Christmas Day homily of the Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocease, Matthew Hassan Kukah, as a poisoned arrow fired at the heart of Islam and Muslims across the country.

The JNI, the umbrella body for all Muslims in the country in a statement titled, ‘Press release on Reverend Kukah’s Christmas homily,’ described the Bishop’s message as irresponsible and seditious.

Bishop Kukah, in his Christmas homily three weeks ago had accused President Muhammadu Buhari of nepotism

According to the statement, “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.”

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