North East Elders for Peace and Growth, have distanced themselves from current feedback allegedly made by the Kaduna based mostly Muslim cleric, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi, accusing the navy of triggering the raging banditry in components of the North.
The Kaduna-based Islamic cleric has lately held conferences with bandits within the forests throughout Kaduna, Zamfara, Katsina and Niger States.
He was alleged to have mentioned in one among such outings, that non-Muslim troopers had carried out orchestrated killings in some communities, precipitating anger.
The Nationwide Coordinator of the Northern elders’ discussion board, Engr. Zana Goni, in an announcement, defined that main the Secretary to Niger State authorities on a negotiation mission for the discharge of kidnapped college kids of Authorities Science Faculty, Kagara, Niger State, Gumi was quoted to have mentioned, “What I would like you folks to grasp is, troopers which might be concerned in a lot of the criminalities are usually not Muslims. You realize, troopers have Muslims and none Muslims. The non-Muslims are those inflicting confusion simply to ignite a disaster”.
Recall that the cleric had made an analogous wild declare on a nationwide tv programme on Tuesday morning, sustaining that the navy had allegedly carried out the mentioned marketing campaign between 2010 and 2015.
Consequently, the Northern elders mentioned Gumi’s allegations weren’t a illustration of the place of the area, saying the general public should see the claims as private sentiments of the cleric.
The North East Elders for Peace and Growth, whereas urging most people to discountenance the allegations, vouched for the professionalism and non-partisan nature of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN).
Within the assertion, the elders vowed to withstand makes an attempt by any particular person or group to profile the navy, which they are saying stays probably the most seen image of nationwide unity and cohesion.
In line with them, there’s the necessity for distinguished teams and organisations within the North to sentence Gumi’s harmful claims, in order to not give the impression that he was talking for the area.
They argued that by his assertion, Gumi could also be justifying armed banditry and all that’s related to the crime, a improvement, they feared, might embolden the perpetrators.
They puzzled why an Islamic cleric and scholar, who had taken the initiative to debate with bandits, would find yourself taking sides, as his statements recommend.
The elders expressed fear that Gumi’s motion could expose the lives and security of non-Muslim troopers to hazard, each within the navy and their operational theatres within the North.
The elders noticed, “As Northern elders dedicated to a united and indivisible nation, we hasten to sentence in very sturdy phrases the allegations made in opposition to the Nigerian navy by one among our main Islamic students, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi.”
The elders of their humble submission, famous that people who have chosen to be peace ambassadors, should be circumspect of their approaches or doing in any other case will defeat the intent and goal of the mission.
“We rise in a single voice to dissociate ourselves from the damaging and divisive allegations levelled in opposition to our patriotic troopers by Sheikh Gumi, in one among his missions to fulfill with bandits in a forest round Niger State,” the group mentioned.
Ordinarily, in response to the elders, they might have recommended the Sheikh for daring to do what authorities failed, however for the profiling feedback attributed to him, which they contemplate abhorrent and unhelpful to nationwide improvement and peace.
They opined, “We insist that our navy is among the most interesting on the planet, with zero-tolerance for partisanship, ethnic consideration and different unprofessional inclinations.”
The assertion famous that their concern is additional hinged on the potential of the world concluding that the North could also be providing tacit endorsement to banditry and related crimes in opposition to society.