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Kukah challenges JNI to identify his attack against Islam, says he’s ready to apologise

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BREAKING: Kukah’s Diocese Under Attack, Two Priests, Worshippers Kidnapped

The Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, has challenged the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) Secretary General, Khalid Aliyu, to identify where he attacked Islam in his comment.

He said he was ready to apologise should Aliyu point out an offensive against Islam and Muslims in any of his statements and comments.

He was responding to JNI recent criticism of him following his Christmas homily.

He said in a statement on Tuesday that

“Dr Aliyu has accused me of being an enemy of his religion, Islam. He accused me of what he calls, firing an arrow at the heart of Islam and Muslims in Nigeria.

“He says I have been accorded respect and accommodated in Sokoto and I have turned around to bite a finger that has fed me.

“He poses a question: How can Muslims continue to be hospitable to one who proves to be an ingrate many times over? How can Muslims be comfortable in associating with a bitterly vindictive person disguised in the garb of a religious cleric?

“Finally, I will make only two points. First, my area of research is Religion, Politics and Society. I am concerned about how religion can help to form good citizens and also how the state can create an environment that enables citizens to achieve this.

“In all of my writings over the last forty or more years, I have never written a single paper or article on Islam as a religion. If there is any scholar anywhere who knows, let him or her say so.

“I have written about religion focusing on how both citizens and the state deal with it with focus on politicians. My concerns are summarised in what the late Professor Bala Usman loosely referred to as the manipulation of religion. This manipulation is what has turned religion into a weapon of war in Nigeria.

“Secondly, I will request Dr Aliyu as a matter of honour and based on the text of my sermon to formally identify where in my sermon I attacked Islam or all Muslims in Nigeria and the world according to him. I am more than happy to apologise for the offensive part of the statement.

“The relevant paragraphs in my sermon focused on the two painful themes of nepotism and the hemoraging of lives in our country, a fact that as I said, most religious leaders and statesmen and women have alluded to.

“How a critique of government policies suddenly becomes hatred of Islam and the north, beggars belief.

“I am therefore calling on Dr Aliyu to clarify and validate his accusations against me and advance the reasons why he should incite violence against me.

“I am unaware of anyone in Sokoto who has accused me of any misdemeanour or actions aimed at undermining the state or anyone, no least the faith of Islam.”

“I believe that today, nepotism poses a serious threat to our country.”

The cleric said the second point was the issue of the insecurity and how the north has become so affected.

“My belief was to add my voice to the voices of millions of Nigerians, Muslims, Christians, Traditional rulers, Statesmen and all who have shown genuine concern.”

“It will be a great pity and a disservice to our efforts at national cohesion if we resort to the kind of diversionary threats that Dr Aliyu has embarked on. It only makes the job of insurgents easier if we become enemies to one another.”

 

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How We’ll Pick Presidential Candidate To Support – Northern Elders

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How We'll Pick Presidential Candidate To Support - Northern Elders

The Northern Elders Forum has explained how it will arrive at the choice of the presidential candidate northerners will support in 2023 election.

The elders said that they would subject all the major 2023 presidential candidates to rigorous scrutiny to ascertain their goals before endorsing any of them.

The spokesman of NEF, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, who stated this on Sunday while featuring on Channels Television, disclosed that they have the responsibility of telling the entire northerners who to vote.

He said unlike in 2015, when they told northerners to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari without finding out what he aimed to achieve, the group would scrutinize Peter Obi of the Labour Party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, flag bearer, Atiku Abubakar until the NEF is convinced about who can fix the country.

READ ALSO: Why I Didn’t Anoint Presidential Candidate For 2023 – Buhari

According to him, the 2023 election would “no longer be about fixing the economy, security and the fight against Boko Haram,” stating that the candidates must be specific on what they aim to achieve if they win the election.

He said, “We will subject all candidates, including Atiku, Tinubu, Obi, through a rigorous process, and they had better be willing because, believe me, we carry the responsibility on our shoulders to advise people in the north where to go.

“I am not saying this to impress anybody. We will exercise that responsibility seriously.

“What we promise not to do this time around was not to repeat what we did in 2015 and say ‘Vote for only Sai Baba’ where we escort him to the villa but failed to sit him down and ask what he planned to do.”

 

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Tambuwal Emerges Chairman Of Governors’ Forum

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Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal has been named as the Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF).

The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ekiti State Dr. John Kayode Fayemi, on Thursday  at the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting, held at the Aso Rock Villa Abuja transferred power of the NGF to the Governor of Sokoto State, Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.

A statement by the Director, Media and Public Affairs of NGF, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo read, “Tambuwal has served meritoriously and harmoniously as Vice Chairman of the Forum under Dr Fayemi in the last four years.

“Dr John Kayode Fayemi who was only a few weeks ago elected as the President of the Forum of Regional and State Governments in Saidia in the state of Casablanca in Morrocco attended the NEC virtually from New York City, where he is currently attending the United Nations General Assembly meeting.

“The Sokoto State Governor will be holding fort until May next year when a proper election is conducted among the governors.

READ ALSO: Tambuwal Moves Against Insecurity, Bans Sale Of Animals In Trucks, Use Of Roads, Others In Sokoto

“Before making the announcement, the Ekiti State Governor acknowledged the result driven output of the NEC and thanked his colleagues and other members of the council for their support, explaining that yes, we may be occasionally troublesome, coming from the Forum of Governors, and we do test your patience but you have never really expressed any frustration with all our truculent questions and the insistence that the federation must be a true federation.”

“The new President of the FORAF also did not forget to thank the Secretariat of the NEC and through the NEC thanked the President and Commander in Chief of the Country for taking the resolutions of the NEC seriously by implementing them.

“In his response the Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo said the NGF chairman had taken the wind out of their sail, because he was “meant to, on behalf of the NEC commend the Ekiti Governor and NGF Chairman’s informed and patriotic services to the council in the last four years and that was enhanced by your chairmanship of the NGF, admitting that the NGF has ensured that we move to a true federation, not just in words but in deeds as well.”

“Professor Osinbajo prayed that Dr fayemi’s services both nationally and globally to development, and to all of the good which the nation deserves and the global community deserves will continue.

“Dr Fayemi formally hands over the Chairmanship of the NGF to Rt Hon Amuinu Waziri Tambuwal on October 16th.”

 

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BREAKING: PDP Crisis Deepens As Wike’s Camp Shuns Atiku Campaign, Insists On Ayu’s Removal

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BREAKING: How Atiku, Ayu, Ex-generals, Others Conspired Against Me - Wike

As the crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) festers, the camp of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has pulled out of the Atiku Presidential Campaign activities after a stormy session in Port Harcourt.

Rising from the meeting in the early hours of Wednesday, they insisted that the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu must resign his position if Governor Wike’s group must partake in the presidential campaign activities of the party.

READ ALSO: I Won’t Resign, Wike, Others Were Children When We Formed PDP – Ayu

The team vowed not to partake in the campaign activities until the resignation of Ayu.

 

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