Nigerian army warns Ahmed Gumi over divisive talks

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Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, director, Army Public Relations has warned Ahmed Gumi an Islamic scholar to refrain from causing disaffection and divisiveness among the Nigerian army.

Yerima also cautioned Gumi not to damage the image of the military by utterances that will bring the national institution to disrepute.

The director stated this in a statement, saying “The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a viral video-clip 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.”

According to him, “While the Nigerian Army would not want to join issues with the the respected Sheikh Ahmed Gumi, it is, however, important to restate that the Nigerian Army as national institution does not deploy its troops along ethnic or religious lines.

“Therefore Sheikh Ahmed Gumi and other opinion merchants are please enjoined to exercise restraint not to drag the image and reputation of one of the most reliable national institutions to disrepute”.

Said he: “The Nigerian Army remains the pride of the nation and has continually defended the territorial integrity of this great nation. Comments suggesting to mudslide the image and reputation of the Nigerian Army are not only inimical but tended towards creating bad blood amongst Nigerians.

“Furthermore, most operations conducted by the Nigerian Army were done in strict adherence to rules of engagement, code of conduct and respect for the fundamental human rights of the citizenry without any exception.”

-Mar 8, 2021 @ 7;25pm

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