The presidency has reacted to an ultimatum given to the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Mattew Hassan Kukah.
Bishop Kukah was given an ultimatum to leave the northern state by a group identified as Muslim Solidarity Forum (MSF).
The group issued the threats on Tuesday, January 12, describing the bishop’s statement criticising the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari as “provocative.”
However, in a reaction, Presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, in a statement issued on Wednesday, January 13, and shared on Facebook said that the ultimatum by the group is wrong because it is not in line with Nigeria’s Constitution.
Shehu further said the right for all religions to co-exist is enshrined in the Constitution, adding that it is the duty of the government to ensure it is respected. The presidential spokesman said though Kukah offended many with his controversial message against the government and the president, the Catholic bishop must respect the feelings of his fellow Nigerians in his private and public utterances.
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