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 army of triggering the raging banditry in elements of the North.
The Kaduna-based Islamic cleric has just lately held conferences with bandits within the forests throughout Kaduna, Zamfara, Katsina and Niger States.
He was alleged to have mentioned in certainly one of 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 a press release, defined that main the Secretary to Niger State authorities on a negotiation mission for the discharge of kidnapped faculty youngsters of Authorities Science Faculty, Kagara, Niger State, Gumi was quoted to have mentioned, “What I need you individuals to know is, troopers which can be concerned in a lot of the criminalities are usually not Muslims. You recognize, 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 identical wild declare on a nationwide tv programme on Tuesday morning, sustaining that the army 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 of the 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 army, which they are saying stays essentially the most seen image of nationwide unity and cohesion.
In response to them, there may be the necessity for outstanding 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 questioned why an Islamic cleric and scholar, who had taken the initiative to debate with bandits, would find yourself taking sides, as his statements counsel.
The elders expressed fear that Gumi’s motion might expose the lives and security of non-Muslim troopers to hazard, each within the army 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 robust phrases the allegations made towards the Nigerian army by certainly one of 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 towards our patriotic troopers by Sheikh Gumi, in certainly one of his missions to satisfy with bandits in a forest round Niger State,” the group mentioned.
Ordinarily, based on the elders, they’d have counseled the Sheikh for daring to do what authorities failed, however for the profiling feedback attributed to him, which they take into account abhorrent and unhelpful to nationwide improvement and peace.
They opined, “We insist that our army is likely one of the best on the planet, with zero-tolerance for partisanship, ethnic consideration and different unprofessional tendencies.”
The assertion famous that their concern is additional hinged on the opportunity of the world concluding that the North could also be providing tacit endorsement to banditry and related crimes towards society.