Fani-Kayode urges Kukah to disregard threats from JNI, says cleric not guilty of Islamophobia

Fani-Kayode urges Kukah to disregard threats from JNI, says cleric not guilty of Islamophobia

Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has said that the Sokoto Catholic Bishop, Matthew Hassan Kukah, has nothing to apologise to Muslims for.

This came after various Muslim groups had claimed that Kukah attacked Muslims in his Christmas Homily.

1st News had reported that Kukah challenged Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), to identify where he attacked Islam in his Christmas Day message.

Furthermore, the cleric stated he was ready to apologise should the group point out an offensive against Islam and Muslims in any of his statements and comments.

Responding to the development on Wednesday in a post on his Twitter handle – @realFFK, Fani-Kayode said:

“Bishop Hassan Kukah did not attack Islam and has nothing to apologise about. He has always sought for religious tolerance and peaceful co-existence between Christians and Muslims.

“Those that demand that he ‘must apologise’ or ‘leave Sokoto’ must mind their utterances and keep the peace.

“If anyone can provide me with a video of Kukah calling for violence against Muslims or inciting people against Islam I will give him one million naira.”

Meanwhile, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has decried the continued closure of schools in “too many countries” on account of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement on Tuesday, January 12, the agency said this was in spite of increasing evidence that schools were not drivers of the pandemic.

UNICEF also pointed out “overwhelming evidence” of the impact of school closures on children.

It warned that the number of out-of-school children was set to rise by 24 million; “to a level we have not yet seen in years and have fought so hard to overcome”.

It noted the “devastating cost of school closures, which it said affected 90 per cent of students worldwide; and denied a third of school children access to remote education.

“Children’s ability to read, write, and do basic mathematics has suffered; and the skills they need to thrive in the 21st-century economy have diminished.

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“Their health, development, safety, and well-being are at risk. The most vulnerable among them will bear the heaviest brunt.

“Without school meals, children are left hungry and their nutrition is worsening.

“Without daily interactions with their peers and a reduction in mobility; they are losing physical fitness and showing signs of mental distress,” the agency noted.

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