A group of civil society organizations has expressed its sadness over the continued threat to the life and enterprises of Chief Anselm Gbemudu, the Chief Executive Officer of Global Real Estate Investors and Financial Services.
The Coalition, in a joint press statement by David Yusuf (Initiative For Social Progress International), Abah Michael (Nigeria National Coalition for Democracy and Good Governance) and Dansiraj Ibraheem Hamza (Mass Movement for a New Nigeria), noted that the attacks were being orchestrated by the dreaded Boko Haram sect with the belief that the arrest and eventual killing of its Leader and Founder, Mohammed Yusuf were masterminded by Chief Gbemudu.
According to the Group, "To check the negative and rapidly growing evil agenda and influence Mohammed Yusuf was exerting using religion to convert sincere Muslims into terrorists, Chief Anslem Gbemudu in 2008 and 2009 embarked on a mission to neutralize the ideas of Islamic extremism and warfare that were being inculcated at that time. He recorded monumental success in disarming the grip of inordinate religious teachings on young and innocent Muslims who later refuted Mohammed Yusuf and his representations."
It added that "with Mohammed's death in 2009, following an unsuccessful attempt to evade police custody, members of his sect drew illogical conclusions that Chief Anslem Gbemudu could not be extricated of blameworthiness to the ill-fate of their acclaimed spiritual leader. They have since then masterminded several attempts to eliminate his life, execute his family and destroy all his engagements within the shores of Nigeria and have placed surveillance to inform them of his stepping into Nigeria for his most imminent assassination."
According to the statement, the California-based businessman and the United States Defense Logistics contractor survived death by the whiskers in 2009 when he escaped back to his base in the USA.
While noting the immeasurable contributions of Chief Gbemudu to the development of Nigeria, the Civil Society Organisations expressed regret on the failure of the government to provide maximum protection to him. "Our profound fear is the inability of the Government of Nigeria to protect and avert harm from coming his way as the Government continues to fail to contain Boko Haram that has indeed metamorphosed into the only feely armed citizens of Nigeria, the cattle rearers that are disseminating and spreading into all areas of Nigeria with the core purpose of Islamizing the entire Country into an Islamic caliphate by force," the Group concluded
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