Christian youths react to Archbishop Kukah’s invitation, pledge to storm DSS’ office
The Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN) has revealed that the Department of State Services (DSS) has invited the Catholic Archbishop of Sokoto Diocese, Fr. Matthew Hassan Kukah for questioning for his criticism of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
YOWICAN claimed in a statement on Sunday that DSS was being partial and selective in its operations, querying why the agency did not invite Islamic cleric, Ahmad Gumi, over what they called his continued romance with bandits.
YOWICAN president, Belusochukwu Enwere, said in the statement titled, ‘We will mobilise christian youths across the country to answer DSS invitation of Bishop Kukah’ that “The attention of YOWICAN has been drawn to the purported invitation extended to Bishop Hassan Kukah, Bishop of Sokoto Diocese. Bishop Kukah committed no offense; rather, the government should channel her energy in the fight to liberate the country from terrorists and bandits.
“Recently, more than 200 people were killed and villagers displaced in Zamfara State. This is disheartening indeed. We will mobilise all Christian youths across the country to honour this invitation.
“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.
“Controversial Islamic cleric, Ahmad Gumi, has 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 can develop “mutual relationship with the bandits without being harmed”.
According to Enwere, Gumi has been “fraternizing with the bandits and he has been working freely without any invitation from the DSS or police.”
He said, “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.
“Bishop Kukah had slammed President Buhari in his Christmas sermon, saying the Nigerian leader has failed to show competence as terrorists, bandits and other violent criminals embark on a coordinated and relentless rampage across the country.”
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