The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), has said a recent comment by Matthew Kukah, Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, against President Muhammadu Buhari is inciting and treasonable.
Kukah had in a Christmas message last Friday accused Buhari of nepotism.
The clergyman said there could have been a coup if a non-northern president did a fraction of what Buhari has done in office.
However, in a statement on Monday, Yerima Shettima, AYCF National President, said Kukah’s statement is capable of setting the north against the south.
Shettima advised Kukah to quit his office, join a political party and contest the 2023 presidential election if he is interested in politics.
He further accused the bishop of 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 destabilize 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 in 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”.
The AYCF national president said Kukah should be reminded of the struggle to rid the country of military dictatorship.
“We will not allow opportunists who did make any contribution to scuttle the democracy achieved through the sweat and toil and the sacrifice of our liberty,” he added.