The Arewa Youths Consultative Forum (AYCF) has spoken out in defense of controversial Islamic scholar, Sheik Ahmad Gumi after renewed calls for the cleric’s arrest.
Following the recent attack by bandit terrorists on the Abuja-Kaduna train last week, there have been renewed calls from certain quarters for Gumi to be arrested over his links and access to the bandits and their leaders.
But the AYCF president Yerima Shettima says the clergyman has done nothing wrong and no one has the right to arrest him.
He stated further that Gumi has done his best in trying to make the bandits drop their weapons but some people in government benefitting from the crisis have been sabotaging his efforts.
Shettima further accused some government officials of diverting funds meant to be used to procure weapons for security agents to fight terrorism.
Speaking with Daily Post, he said: “Why should anybody call for the arrest of Sheikh Gumi? What has he done? What is his offense? He has done his best to help the government, but the government pretends not to know he exists and refuses to give him support.
“The government refused to collaborate with him not because he is part of them but because of his position as an Islamic scholar. He has done what he can, and at a point, he realized that they were sabotaging and frustrating him, and he declined that he would not participate again. There is no reason to arrest him; nobody has the right to arrest him because he has done nothing.
“Those who should be arrested are those sabotaging and compromising our security. Those who should be arrested are those who diverted money allocated to him to buy weapons. We will not fold our arms and allow that nonsense to happen; what is his offense?
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