Nigeria's current most pressing security issue outside Boko Haram is banditry/criminal Fulani herdsmen attacks, and since it got worse, the only bridge between the government and the criminals and the only one the government banked on for was popular Muslim cleric, Sheikh Gumi. The respected sheikh went into the forests, had a dialogue with the criminals and communicated their wishes and positions to the people and the government. Undoubtedly, his intervention yielded some good results, but at the same time, nearly broke the nation. The sheikh made some sensitive comments; he claimed bandits have only killed a few people, he said they are not criminals/bad people, he requested that the government should grant them a blanket amnesty since they are ready to lay down their arms(insisted that bandits are not beyond forgiveness, etc). The sheikh became a spokesman for bandits and almost a friend. He began to hurt some Nigerians with his words. Surprisingly, he is said to have told bandits that it was non-muslim soldiers who attacked them and not their Muslim brothers in the army, dividing the Nigerian army into two religious group. This statement had the potential to cause havoc!
Reacting to the allegation, after many days of silence, the Nigerian army has sent a warning to the Sheikh and other 'opinion merchants', emphasisng that the Nigerian army is a united force and cannot be compromised. The army posted, "The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a viral video-cilp showing the renowned and respected Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmed Gumi alleging that non-Muslim soldiers were responsible for the attacks against bandits. In the video clip, the islamic scholar was seen telling the bandits that the soldiers involved in most attacks against them were non-Muslims. He further stated that they should be aware that soldiers are divided into Muslims and non-Muslims..." Read post below:
Reacting to the army's comment, some Nigerians have asked the government to arrest the sheikh for such a destructive comment. Others say, if he were to be a pastor/Christian, the story would have been different. Read reactions below:
Guys, do you feel the sheikh doesn't deserve the respect he has been given and should be treated otherwise? Also, do you feel the situation would have been different if he were a pastor? Lets hear your thoughts
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