Emmanuel Onwubiko: Gumi’s advocacy of terrorism
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“What, then, does it take to be a corporate leader in the 2020s? Every firm is different, but those hiring a CEO, or aspiring to be one, should prize a few qualities. Mastering the tricky, creative and more collaborative game of allocating intangible capital is essential. A CEO must be able to marshal the data flowing between companies and their counterparties, redistributing who earns profits and bear risk”(The Economist, February 8th-14th 2020).

That was the position of the World’s largest news journal when it treated the all important thematic topic of leadership in the corporate World. I think these qualities stated out are also in demand whenever a nation looks forward to a General election to pick out persons seeking for public offices because the strategies for running successful companies are about the same if a nation State is to be governed well in line with the global best practices. However, these qualities are lacking in the kind of political leaders that bestride the political spaces in Nigeria. This apparent leadership vacuum had thrown up all kinds of tribal and religious warlords INCLUDING those species that have started advocating soft landing for terrorists and have called journalists criminals for addressing kidnappers of school children in the North as terrorists. Here, I’m referring to the person of Ahmad GUMI better identified as an Islamic Cleric.

Mr. Ahmed Gumi who is an Islamic teacher in Kaduna has made a lot of irresponsible and irrational statements that are all geared towards stocking up ethno-religious wars in Nigeria in his wild goose chase to negotiate soft landing for terrorists who are famously called armed bandits by the government and the Nigerian Media. This advocate of terrorism is busy selling his comics of defending terrorists and telling everyone to accept that terrorists in the North West are waging a just war and that they were exposed to existential threat during the President Goodluck Jonathan era which goes to show that perhaps, the war on terrorists in the North West coordinated by the armed security forces of Nigeria is what this preacher of hate is classifying as a war targeting Northern Moslems.

Gumi has accused military operatives of Christian Origin as the operatives that have killed the armed terrorists in the North West stylishly rebaptized by the Muhammadu Buhari- led administration as armed bandits.

The Kaduna based cleric is reported too to have made some wild claims which are only calculated to inflame passions and to instigate ethno-religious disharmony including the incoherent and irrational views which reportedly compared the activities of terrorists in the North today to the declaration of the intent by the then Eastern regional government headed by the then Colonel Chukwuemeka Odunlegwu Ojukwu to secede out of Nigeria of the 1967 because the then General Yakubu Gowon – led Junta failed to stop the pogroms and genocidal killings of Igbo civilians living in the Northern region.

A war ensued between the then Federal Nigerian armed Forces and the then declared but since defunct Biafra Republic and lasted for 30 months after which there was a truce which brought the war to an end and the Federal Republic of Nigeria declared that there was no Victor, no vanquished. So one Ahmad GUMI is still bitter about how that civil war ended and that Nigeria has since progressed?

Gumi’s attempt at revisionism and turning logic on its head must be challenged frontally before he continues to spew out hate-filled sentiments all in his warped imagination of presuming the pure terrorism of mass kidnappings of students as same as other political developments that shaped the evolution of the current Nigeria’s Nation State.
I must state emphatically that Ahmed Gumi’s advocacy of terrorism amounts to support for terrorism.

The advocacy for tolerated terrorism of kidnapping of school children as is being made by the Kaduna based Cleric is a crime against humanity which must be confronted in a law-based way so Nigeria does not become a Country whereby those in open sympathy with terrorists are allowed to stoke up ethno- religious sentiments capable of instigating civil war. What then is the essence of the relevant sections of the TERRORISM PREVENTION ACT OF 2011 especially from sections 4 up to 6? We will give the citations before we wrap up. President Muhammadu Buhari refuses to enforce the Counter-terror law thereby emboldened Ahmad GUMI and his likes to continue to insult our collective intelligence

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