Wednesday, 22 May 2013
Advocates of SNC Bombing Northern Nigeria Not Boko Haram, Says Sheik Gumi
Dr. Ahmad Gumi, Saudi Arabia-based Nigerian Islamic scholar and son of late Sheik Abubakar Mahmud Gumi, has blamed the incessant bombings across Northern Nigeria on advocates of a Sovereign National Conference and not Boko Haram, saying “there is more than meets the eye,” according to a source who heard the speech.
The preacher was speaking in Kaduna at a mosque close to the scene where a police bomb expert, Sergeant Sunday Badang, was killed by a bomb a few months ago.
The worshipper, who prayed at the mosque, briefed SaharaReporters in a telephone conversation.
“Malam made it clear that it is not Boko Haram but those calling for Sovereign National Conference that want to justify their argument for splitting Nigeria. That is why, he said, they are gradually grounding the North and reducing it like Somalia and from there they will have their way out. Not that he is saying that there is no Jamaátu Ahlus Sunna, but all [that] these are plots because they have finished Kano, Maiduguri and now Kaduna and there is indication of them attacking Sokoto.”
The cleric, according to him, insisted that it is the people calling for Sovereign National Conference that are killing people under the name of Boko Haram for condemning their actions and other issues bothering on insecurity in Northern Nigeria.
“We believed what Malam is saying because there is no true and genuine Muslim that will be killing and attacking innocent people. Why is it that we didn’t see this in the past, until now? We are certain there is an agenda against us (Northerners) because what is happening and the sophistication suggest that.”
Gumi, it would be recalled, was held by Saudi Arabian security in relation to the Farouk Abdulmutallab’s 2009 attempted Christmas Day bombing of an American airline after, but he was later set free after it could not be proved he had any negative ties with Abdulmutallab.
The preacher, according to our source, is insisting that Nigerian security must be reviewed because there is no way there will be justice given that the National Security Adviser and Mr. Jonathan hail from the same state and ethnicity.