Following the Christmas day statement of Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah which called out President Muhammadu Buhari for nepotism, the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has condemned the clergy man’s remarks, describing it as unguarded and open invitation for a coup against a democratically elected government.
The Northern group made this disclosure through a public statement signed by its National President, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, on Monday, December 28, 2020, condemning “Kukah’s use of nepotism as weapon of calumny against government and people of Nigeria.” Further, the AYCF demanded that Kukah be arrested and prosecuted for ‘’treasonable felony’’ against the country. In an alternative, AYCF called on the government to place the high profile cleric under special watch for what it described as an open attempt meant to “set the South against the North in order to destabilize our country and further complicate matters.”
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…We will not allow opportunists, who did not make any contribution, to scuttle the democracy achieved through our sweat and the sacrifice of our liberty
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