SOKOTO, Nigeria – Abubakar Malami, a Sokoto-based scholar, has advised Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah, to stop challenging the Nigerian government.
The Islamic cleric warned that Kukah risks being crucified.
Kukah had accused the Nigerian leader of nepotism.
He said if a non-Nothern Muslim was the President and did the same things as Buhari, there could have been a coup or war.
In a video SaharaReporters obtained, Malami, in a sermon, threatened the National Peace Committee member.
“Matthew Hassan Kukah is already cursed by Allah. Therefore, if Kukah challenges the government, he will be crucified. We will not listen to anybody when we are crucifying him, not the government, not even the Sultan of Sokoto”, he said in Hausa.
Some individuals, Northern, Islamic bodies including Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), have attacked Kukah.
The Muslum Solidarity Forum told the Bishop to leave Sokoto.
The presidency, in a reaction, condemned the statement.
Meanwhile, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has warned that no harm must befall Kukah.