A famous Igbo group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, OYC, has asked that the popular cleric, Sheikh Gumi, be immediately arrested.
Sheik Gumi drew the Igbo Group’s attention after he compared bandits with the late leader of the group, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, with bandits in his recent interview with BBC Pidgin.
Ojukwu fought and led the Igbo people to a Nigeria/Biafra civil war where millions of lives were lost. Gumi in his. Gumi, while speaking to newsmen, claimed Ojukwu also committed the same crime as the bandits.
The OYC, while reacting to the statement through his President-General, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, said they are disturbed and surprised that Gumi is still walking a free man.
He insists that the security agencies have chosen to overlook the romance between Gumi and the bandits, allowing things to get worst.
“There is no doubt that Nigeria is at a crossroads in its journey to nationhood. Never in the history of the country has it witnessed such Orge of violence and criminality being perpetrated by terrorists hiding under different nomenclatures.
“However, more worrisome is the fact that the chief mobilizer and the spokesman of the terrorists, Sheikh Gumi, has been left to be walking freely despite clear evidence that he was part of Nigeria’s security problems.
“Ranging from his claims that bandits are not terrorists, to his mindless comparison of bandits with the IPOB and now Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu, it is clear that Gumi has turned the chief spokesman of terrorists and should be arrested and prosecuted.
“He did not start today as his track record shows that he was part of those that laid the foundation to what we see today; his divisive and inciting messages are not new in the country. It is now time for security agencies to do the needful as this is the only way to end the current mindless killing and kidnapping of Nigerians,” OYC said.