The Christian Association of Nigeria (Youth Wing) says they will mobilise to join Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese in appearing before the Department of State Services, DSS.
Belusochukwu Enwere, the President of YOWICAN, in a statement on Sunday, titled “We will mobilise Christian youths across the country to answer DSS invitation of Bishop Kukah”, noted that Bishop Kukah was invited by the DSS for his comments on the state of the nation slamming.
The statement suggested to the DSS that the popular Islamic cleric, Ahmad Gumi, should be invited for questioning for what the youths called “fraternising with bandits”.
According to the statement, Bishop Kukah committed no offence.
It said the government should channel her energy in the fight to liberate the country from terrorists and bandits.
It regretted that recently, more than 200 people were killed in Zamfara State and villagers displaced.
The statement added, “The DSS has extended her invitation to us, not Bishop Kukah, and we will honour it. The DSS should first invite Ahmad Gumi for questioning for interfacing with bandits.”
The youths said that controversial Islamic cleric, Ahmad Gumi had advised people in the terrorised North-West of Nigeria on how they can live in peace with the armed bandits occupying their forests.
YOWICAN quoted Gumi as saying that people could develop mutual relationship with the bandits without being harmed.
The group lamented that Sheikh Gumi had been fraternising with the bandits and he had been working freely without any invitation from the DSS or police.
“The DSS has invited Bishop Matthew Kukah for questioning, days after the prominent Catholic priest ramped up his criticism of President Muhammadu Buhari for failing to curb nationwide insecurity,” the statement noted.
Bishop Kukah had slammed President Buhari in his Christmas sermon, saying the Nigerian leader had failed to show competence as terrorists, bandits and other violent criminals embark on a coordinated and relentless rampage across the country.