When Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister of Information, was asked why Sheik Ahmed Gumi, the Islamic cleric who has been calling for amnesty for bandits, has not been declared wanted by the Federal Government, the Minister explained that the cleric’s position is different from that of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, adding that the IPOB leader has openly called for attacks on security operatives.
The Minister noted that the actions of Gumi cannot be compared to that of Kanu who is the leader of a proscribed group like IPOB.
Mr. Mohammed said all these on Wednesday while speaking with state house correspondents in Abuja.
The minister also noted that nobody appointed Gumi as spokesman for bandits, hence his actions are not in any way similar to Kanu’s.
He noted further that there are many people “spewing hate” against President Muhamadu Buhari, adding if such people had been arrested, detention facilities would have been filled up.
“Who appointed Gumi middleman between government and Boko Haram? Listen, for me, unless you come and tell me this is what Gumi said that is inciting that you are comparing to Kanu…anyway what we’re discussing is different,” the minister said.
“We’re discussing Twitter. If you want to ask any question about Gumi or any other person, go ahead, but please, be objective.
“There are so many people who have been spewing hate against Mr. President, against this government. So, if you want to comment, be fair; don’t take a position which is not objective.
“If we were to pick up everybody today who had been abusing this administration, the detention centres will be filled up, and you will be the first person also to talk about lack of tolerance, lack of rule of law.
“But I’m saying that you cannot compare anybody with Kanu who boldly said, ‘go and kill policemen.’ I think sometimes…policemen are brothers; they are our uncles; they have children.
“[When they’re killed], their wives become widows, their children become orphans. And what is the offence of these policemen? Because they are working to keep the country one. What about soldiers that are putting down their lives so that me and you can sleep?
“It is not acceptable anywhere in the world for anybody, anywhere, to stay in the comfort of wherever he is and now give directives to go and kill soldiers, go and kill policemen.”
Recall that just yesterday, SCOOPER reported how Kanu declared that his group is now very much ready to go all out and do whatever it takes to actualize Biafra nation.
The secessionist leader also declared war on Nigerian security agencies, saying there must be a payback for any Biafran killed by Nigerian security agencies.
Kanu said all these while sharing some images of South Easterners allegedly shot and killed by security operatives in the region.
The IPOB leader seizing the opportunity said since the government has refused to conduct a referendum which, according to him, is the easiest way to go, his group are now ready to take Biafra by force.
“What we ask is very simple. Give us referendum for the people to determine their fate in this Fulani controlled zoo called Nigeria,” Kanu said in a Facebook post.
“But if referendum which is the easiest way to go about it can’t be assured, then we will take it by force.
“We can never continue in a country created by a white man meant for their own interests which turns us into slaves. Never!. Our fathers accepted that but this generation said No.
“Simply conduct referendum and allow the will of the people to reign.
“The same way we triumph is same way we’ll continue to triumph to any option they present to us going forward.”
Talking about the killing of some IPOB members in Imo and other parts of the Southeast, Kanu added, “I hope those half-baked graduates yapping on media are taking note of it!.
“What these janjaweeds must understand is that it’s no longer the time we do cry to the world.
“For any Biafran you kill, there must be a pay back. We will avenge their deaths with the heads of their killers Eye-for-an-eye.”