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‘Call off your mission’ — north-east elders tackle Gumi over ‘religious profiling of soldiers’

‘Call off your mission’ — north-east elders tackle Gumi over ‘religious profiling of soldiers’
February 24
13:31 2021

The North-east Elders for Peace and Development has dissociated itself from Ahmad Gumi, Islamic cleric, over his alleged religious profiling of military operatives.

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Gumi was quoted to have said non-Muslim soldiers carried out orchestrated killings of bandits and consequently precipitating their anger.

“What I want you people to understand is, soldiers that are involved in most of the criminalities are not Muslims. You know, soldiers have Muslims and none Muslims. The non-Muslims are the ones causing confusion just to ignite a crisis,” he was quoted to have said when he met with suspected bandits in Tegina forest, a border town between Niger and Kaduna states.

Reacting in a statement, the elders said Gumi’s allegations does not represent the position of the region, asking the public to see the claims as personal sentiments of the cleric.

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The group said they would have commended Gumi for his peacemaking efforts “but for the profiling comments attributed to him, which we consider abhorrent and unhelpful to national development and peace”.

They warned that such a statement was capable of inciting the public against soldiers.

“We rise in one voice to dissociate ourselves from the dangerous and divisive allegations levelled against our patriotic soldiers by Sheikh Gumi, in one of his missions to meet with bandits in a forest around Niger State,” the group said.

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“We insist that our military is one of the finest in the world, with zero-tolerance for partisanship, ethnic consideration and other unprofessional dispositions.

“We warn that comments such as this have the potential of pitting the exposed soldiers against general areas in the North, where they have continued to put down their lives to protect the territorial integrity of the nation from those that seek to violate it. Our concern is further hinged on the possibility of the world concluding that the North may be offering tacit endorsement to banditry and associated crimes against society.

“To douse this tension, therefore, we call on relevant authorities, including prominent individuals and groups from the North, to condemn Gumi’s position in a manner that will absolve the region of conspiracy and vicarious liability, in the long run.

“In whatever position we find ourselves, we must, at all material times, endeavour to put the collective interest of Nigeria over and above all other considerations, bearing in mind the fact that when the country collapses, it will do so on all of us, regardless of religion, ethnicity, or belief.

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“Lastly, we urge Gumi to stop approbating and reprobating at the same time, and to immediately call-off his mission, if he has developed lethargy in the course of undertaking visits to deep forests.”

2 Comments

  1. Aniestrength
    Aniestrength February 24, 16:34

    If at all one’s statement could cause degràtion and triggered disassociation among others; what will be done to such a person like Gumi? How does the federal government reacts to the statement and the necessary punishment to be attached?

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  2. We hear them
    We hear them February 25, 07:21

    Gumi only confirm our worst fears that bandits are creation of certain group of people for a specific purpose and that they (bandits) are protected by their masters. All these hues and cries over bandits and banditry are merely political and unpatriotic false voices put forward to deceive us all.

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