The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has called for the arrest and prosecution of Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Rev. Fr Matthew Kukah over his Christmas message.
Last Friday, Kukah accused President Muhammadu Buhari of nepotism.
He said there would have been war or coup if a non-northern president did a fraction of what Buhari has done.
But in a statement on Monday, Yerima Shettima, AYCF National President, said Kukah’s comments are inciting and a “treasonable felony against the Nigerian state.”
Shettima said Kukah is using “nepotism as a weapon of calumny against the government and people of Nigeria,” adding that it is an attempt to “set the South against the North in order to destabilise 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 on the pulpit and he should keep the bishop’s office aside and choose any Nigerian political party platform to contest for the president in 2023 and stop all the pretences,” he said.
The AYCF president said Kukah should be reminded of the struggle to rid the country of military dictatorship.
“We will not allow opportunists who did not make any contribution to scuttle the democracy achieved through the sweat and toil and the sacrifice of our liberty,” Shettima added.