HURIWA Demands Sheikh Gumi’s Arrest Over Divisive Comments

HURIWA Demands Sheikh Gumi's Arrest Over Divisive Comments

A leading pro-democracy non-governmental body, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has sternly condemned Sheikh Ahmad Gumi’s recent divisive remarks and called for his immediate arrest and prosecution. Gumi, a prominent cleric known for his controversial comments, has been accused by HURIWA of acting as a spokesperson for terrorists in Nigeria, mingling with these groups, and advocating for amnesty on their behalf.

HURIWA, a human rights advocacy group, has been critical of Sheikh Gumi’s activities for some time, alleging that he has acted as a spokesperson for terrorists in Nigeria. The association has accused him of mingling with terrorists, negotiating on their behalf, and advocating for amnesty for these groups, despite their involvement in violence, kidnappings, and other criminal activities.

Furthermore, HURIWA noted that Sheikh Gumi’s recent comments regarding the appointment of Nyesom Wike as the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have raised concerns. “Gumi criticized the decision to involve Israelis in Abuja’s security, insinuating that this would lead to the city becoming an “extension of Tel Aviv.” HURIWA has interpreted these comments as a sign of Gumi’s alleged sympathy for terrorists and his apparent willingness to see Nigeria destabilized by these groups”.

Therefore, HURIWA contended that the Nigerian government needs to address Sheikh Gumi’s actions and statements, as he is not above the law. The association believes that his opinions and actions may incite violence and pose a threat to the country’s security, just as it called for an investigation into whether Gumi’s activities may be contributing to the ongoing terrorism crisis in Nigeria.

Also, HURIWA emphasized that the appointment of Nyesom Wike as the FCT Minister is a political matter, not a religious one. The association firmly rejected any insinuation that a Christian cannot hold this position and sees it as an attempt to sow religious discord, stressing that Abuja belongs to all Nigerians and should not be subject to religious or regional divisions.

In light of these developments, HURIWA continued to demand Sheikh Gumi’s arrest and prosecution, highlighting the need for accountability and justice in addressing the issues related to his controversial statements and activities. The association further maintained that all Nigerians, regardless of their religious or regional backgrounds, have a stake in the nation’s capital, peace, and security.

Continuing, HURIWA called on the Nigerian government to prioritize the safety and security of all its citizens, regardless of their background, and to take swift action to quell the rising tensions and divisive rhetoric. “The nation’s unity and stability are paramount, and no individual should be allowed to jeopardize them for their interests”.

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As HURIWA continues its advocacy for justice and accountability, the association urges the government to act decisively and law enforcement agencies to investigate Sheikh Gumi’s activities, which are perceived as detrimental to the nation’s security. “In this crucial period, Nigeria must stand united against divisive influences and prioritize the safety of its citizens above all else.”





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