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Controversial Islamic cleric and preacher, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has condemned the wrong measures being deployed by the Federal Government in the ongoing fight against the Boko Haram insurgency in Northern Nigeria, claiming that both sides of the divide have committed crimes.
Gumi made this assertion in a statement issued on Sunday, pointing out that if the next President of the country follows the same trajectory, it would result in a greater insurgency in the land.
He said, ‘The recent BBC Africa Eye documentary and Daily Trust documentaries about the insurgency in Zamfara State have exposed the ethnic and tribal undertones as the real genesis of the decade mayhem the North Western region is experiencing as a whole.
‘The crimes were committed by both sides of the divide but unfortunately, the outside world sees one side as the only criminal, and thus the government acted in such a line of thinking, messing up the conflict and applying the wrong measures of communal conflict resolution.
‘If the next President also follows the same trajectory thinking that the present government was only dealing with the criminals with kid gloves, then a greater insurgency will definitely ensue. It is taking almost 12 years to fight Boko Haram in the North East, with their leader only killed during a factional fight, not by our military action.
‘And now, many BH are fortunately surrendering as a result of the genuine efforts of reconciliation and rehabilitation by the federal and state governments as demonstrated by action, not rhetoric. This unfortunately is irking some, especially the elite as cajoling criminals. To them, anything short of annihilating them is no solution.’
Gumi also called on whoever will be the next President of Nigeria to be wary of dishonest clergy, noting that they serve to polarise the nation more on the religious divide.