The Christian Affiliation of Nigeria (CAN) has expressed shock and disappointment over Islamic chief, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi’s profiling of army personnel.
The group additionally accused President Muhammadu Buhari authorities of pampering the scholar and outlaws.
Gumi made a controversial remark whereas addressing some bandits in Tegina forest, a border city between Niger and Kaduna States.
“What I need you folks to grasp is, troopers which can be concerned in a lot of the criminalities aren’t Muslims. You recognize, troopers have Muslims and non-Muslims. The non-Muslims are those inflicting confusion simply to ignite disaster”, Gumi had advised the bandits.
However Joseph Daramola, CAN Normal Secretary, in an announcement on Wednesday requested Gumi to right away withdraw the “unpatriotic and divisive utterances”.
The scribe stated anybody who holds such a view doesn’t want Nigeria nicely and doesn’t need the conflict in opposition to terrorism and banditry to finish in victory.
“How can we verify the credibility of the particular person alleging that it was the Christian troopers that had been attacking communities and bandits? This unreasonable outburst shouldn’t be solely demoralizing and a plot to divide the Nigerian army into two alongside spiritual traces, it derogatorily portrays the non-Christian troopers as being not dedicated to combating criminality.”
CAN, lambasted the presidency for failing to react to the assertion by Gumi “who has thrown warning to the wind”.
“Is Sheikh Gumi making an attempt to polarise the army alongside the spiritual divides? Is he inciting the bandits in opposition to Christians? Is Gumi saying that the Muslim troopers are on trip within the ongoing conflict in opposition to terrorists, murderous herdsmen and bandits? What good will this assertion do to the insecurity within the nation?
“President Muhammadu Buhari’s extended silence is tantamount to an endorsement of Gumi’s harmful assertion. If what Gumi reportedly stated was attributed to a Christian chief, the safety operatives would have invited him or declared him wished and the Presidency would have publicly condemned that Christian chief.
“We recall how Apostle Johnson Suleiman, Dr Obadiah Mailafia, Prophet Isa El-Buba and of latest, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Dr Matthew Hassan Kukah’s statements had been dealt with by safety operatives and equally reacted to by the federal government. Will we actually have sacred cows within the nation now?
“We’re curious to understand how Gumi was capable of find the whereabouts of the bandits when our safety companies are giving us the impression that they’re invincible. If the terrorists will be positioned, what hinders the police and the army from arresting them and bringing them to ebook? Is anybody in authorities conniving with the terrorists in order that this insecurity may proceed?”
“Now that bandits are being pampered, cash is being made accessible to them and extremely revered politicians and spiritual leaders are talking for them, criminals are being emboldened to commit their illegal actions with impunity.”
CAN additional, threw inquiries to the Buhari administration asking to know what actually transpired between the bandits and the federal authorities.
“Who actually offended these terrorists? What sin did the folks they’re attacking and kidnapping commit in opposition to them? Why ought to anyone be talking in favour of the terrorists? Will pampering the terrorists not actually going to be round with us within the subsequent 20 years as foretold by the instant Chief of Military Employees?”
The Christian management emphasised that Nigeria’s unity was on trial and warned that if these operating the nation are enjoying the ostrich, there could also be no hope of redemption.