Former aviation minister Femi Fani-Kayode says the bishop of Sokoto Catholic diocese, Matthew Kukah, did not attack Islam.
While accusing Buhari of nepotism in his Christmas message last December, the priest said there could have been a coup if a non-northern Muslim president did a fraction of what Buhari has done.
But the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) called for the prosecution of Kukah for allegedly demanding a coup.
Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) said the Christmas message was a “calculated attempt to insult” Islam and Muslims in the country.
On Wednesday, the Muslim Solidarity Forum asked Kukah to apologise for his alleged attack on Islam or leave the Caliphate.
In a series of Twitter posts, Fani-Kayode said the bishop did not say anything wrong and will not apologise.
The former minister warned the groups asking the bishop to apologise to mind their words and maintain peace.
“Bishop Hassan Kukah did not attack Islam and has nothing to apologise about,” Fani-Kayode said.
“He has always sought for religious tolerance and peaceful co-existence between Christians Muslims. Those that demand that he ‘must apologise’ or ‘leave Sokoto’ must mind their utterances and keep the peace.”
The Muhammadu Buhari government has also rose to Kukah’s defence.
The bishop may have offended some people but no one has the right to issue him a notice to quite, Buhari’s spokesperson Garba Shehu said in a statement on Wednesday night.