Kaduna-based Islamic cleric Sheikh Ahmad Abubakar Mahmoud Gumi has claimed that the current state of security in Nigeria is capable of tearing the country apart.
Concise News learned that Sheikh Gumi, in an interview with The Sun, revealed that the continuous clashes between members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) and policemen; the farmers and Fulani herdsmen confrontations and the continuous detention of Sambo Dasuki may end Nigeria.
On how he would rate the security situation in the country, Sheikh Gumi said: “I don’t believe so much in conspiracy theory, these things started long time before the advent of this administration. The Fulani herdsmen menace and its repercussion, I have seen it growing slowly before this government came to power.
“It was a gradual thing and the economy bears the main point. You could see children under the age of 15 planning to kidnap, to get what? Money, because poverty is too widespread. So when you don’t get the economy right, you are going to destroy everything.
“It is not about ethnic or religious and political affiliation, it is purely economic war, and there is no religious colouration. In fact, when the herdsmen were attacking people in Benue and Plateau states, they said it was Islamization. When they attacked more Muslims in Zamfara, everybody kept quiet. The people in Zamfara State suffered this more than anybody.”
Asked if the continuous detention of El-zakzaky and Dasuki was justifiable, he said: “How can it be justified when the court of law said they should be released? This is what we are seeing in this government.
“Government should not use force to break the law of the land. In fact, they should be released when the law says they should be released.
“This is part of the thing we are saying that it is very negative about the constitution. Disobeying court order in day light. This is a nightmare that will haunt them one day, they will see the effect, how people will be talking about them.
”What legacy, what history does any leader want to keep? El-zakzaky has his own followers, Dasuki has his own followers.”
He further said: “Two wrongs do not make a right, the moment government has mismanaged this thing, it has already turned them into some form of militancy which we hope, they are restricted, as soon as possible before they become full-blown insurrections.
“These people are no more afraid of authority because we have seen video clips where they are threatening police officers, and that is a sign that something should be done, otherwise they form their own authority.”