Following the report that some group named “Muslim Solidarity Forum” had called on the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Rev. Matthew Hassan Kukah to tender an apology to the entire Muslim community or vacate Sokoto for alleged blasphemy, the federal government has said is not in line with Nigerian Constitution.
Garba Shehu who is the SSA Media and Publicity to President Buhari has said that under Nigerian Constitution, everyone has the right to freedom of speech and expression, and the right to own property and reside in any part of the country; as well as the right to move freely without inhibition.
He also made it known that the right for religions to coexist is embedded in the Nigerian Constitution. He said everyone must respect the rights and sensitiveness of other Nigerians, no matter the religion.
The SSA however said that Bishop Kukah has greatly offended many with his controversial remarks against the government, and the president in particular.
He told the Muslim Solidarity Forum group that asking Bishop Kukah to vacate Sokoto, would disrupt the peace and unity of the state which is the headquarters of the Muslim Community.