Sheikh Gumi Replies Army, Says I Was Misunderstood

Sheikh Gumi

Popular Islamic scholar , Sheikh Ahmed Gumi, has clarified that the religious bias in the Nigerian Army was between 2010 and 2015 .
He explained that his earlier comments were misunderstood , blaming media reports for the misunderstanding .

The retired general noted that he had a good understanding of the Nigerian Army , adding that many things have not changed since he left the force .
In a clip, the islamic scholar was seen telling the bandits that soldiers are divided into Muslims and non -Muslims.

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But the Nigerian Army cautioned Gumi against making divisive and disparaging utterances against the military institutions .
The army spokesman, Brig . Gen . Mohammed Yerima, while reacting to the video, said the army did not deploy its troops along ethnic or religious lines as stated by the cleric during his interaction with bandits .

Yerima in his statement on Monday titled , ‘ Nigerian Army does not deploy its troops along ethnic or religious lines ,’ admonished the cleric and other “ opinion merchants ” to exercise restraint and not drag the image and reputation of “ one of the most reliable national institutions to disrepute . ”

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“ I saw the Army ’s response. What I will say is that there is a misunderstanding in the issues . When I speak about the religious issue in the Army , I am not referring to today ’s Army .

“ The issue is from 2010 – 2015 when some people were in-charge and a lot of bad things happened .

“ It is during that time that there were bombings everywhere . It happened in Jaji and we lost a popular Muslim general. Even , I was saved by God because they planted a bomb for me ,” Gumi told BBC while reacting to the Army ’ s response.

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