The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah, has described the killing of over 300 Shiite Muslims in Zaria, as a national disaster.
Kukah has also advised the federal government to embrace diplomacy and dialogue rather than a military approach i quelling the pro-Biafra protests in parts of the country.
Speaking with Punch Newspapers, Kukah said it would be in the best interest of the country if the government settles its case with Kanu, out of the courts.
“A military and judicial approach would not work. We are in a democracy where dialogue, diplomacy and patience are the hallmarks of good leadership. The Federal Government should open a backdoor channel to get Kanu to renounce alleged hate speeches and violence.”
“My position on Kanu is straightforward. I am not in any way saying that he is innocent but in order to avoid upheavals and tension, the government should settle through engagement. One of the parties has to trade something for something else. We are not in a military regime. Dialogue is the solution.”
On the killings of some members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria by the Nigerian Army, Father Kukah said the buck stops at the table of the President.
“As far as I am concerned, the Zaria killing is a national disaster. I expected the President to have declared a national mourning, especially because of the number of people that lost their lives.
There is no way the President would not be held responsible because the buck stops at his table. However, this is not the time to apportion blame because there is enough blame to go round.”