Ohanaeze chieftain, Isiguzoro demands Sheikh Gumi’s prosecution over outbursts on christian faith
By Chinedu Emeruwa Chinedu
Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has demanded the arrest and prosecution of popular Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmed Gumi over recent outbursts on christians in Nigeria.
Gumi was quoted as saying it was dangerous to entrust Nigeria’s national security to the hands of Christians and Southerners.
He made the remark while condemning Nigerian Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike for receiving the Israeli Ambassador to Nigeria in his office and planning to collaborate with Israel over security issues in Abuja.
Gumi said the minister plans to make Abuja an extension of Tel Aviv.
He also said bearded Muslims in Abuja would be tagged Osama Bin Ladin and killed.
However, Mr Isiguzoro, while earlier calling for Sheikh Gumi’s immediate arrest through a statement issued to newsmen on Saturday, described the outbursts as a dangerous declaration of religious war against christians.
According to him, “We categorically denounce this divisive rhetoric, as it undermines the principles of religious freedom and inclusivity that our great nation stands for.
“Nigeria is a multicultural society where every citizen, regardless of religious affiliations, deserves equal rights and opportunities”,the Igbo chieftain maintained.
Mr Isiguzoro further applauded President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for appointing a christian and ex-Rivers State Governor, Barrister Nyesom Ezenwo Wike as Minister of Federal Capital Territory.
“Their collaboration represents the unity and progress that Nigeria needs to overcome its challenges and build a prosperous future for all her citizens,”he asserted.
While reechoeing the call on relevant authorities to take immediate action against Sheikh Ahmad Gumi over divisive utterances, the Ohanaeze Secretary-General insisted that the latter must be arrested, and made to face treasonable charges as it statements pose a grave threat to national security and social cohesion.
“Nigeria cannot afford to condone or tolerate individuals who incite violence and perpetuate hatred in our society,”Isiguzoro further posited.