I did not accuse Buhari of corruption, but his supporters must be reasonable – Sheik Gumi

A prominent Islamic cleric, Abubakar Gumi, has denied accusing a presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, of corruption.

Mr. Gumi stated this in a facebook post on his wall on Christmas Day. The cleric was reacting to allegations that he accused Mr. Buhari of corruption during a visit to him by an Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohaneze Ndigbo.

“It is not my duty to determine whether anybody is corrupt or not or to even pass a damning verdict on him,” he said.

Mr. Gumi, who had opposed the candidacy of both Mr. Buhari and President Goodluck Jonathan, stated that all he was interested in was a free, fair and peaceful election.

He criticised supporters of Mr. Buhari for their reactions to any criticism of the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate.

“Criticizing Buhari will inevitably be seen as an act of blasphemy in the eyes of his supporters,” he said. “They see anyone that speaks against what they believe in as a Jonathan man. This pathetic situation has to be reversed because the moment someone presents himself for leadership he is liable to criticism and answerable to people before God.”

Read Mr. Gumi’s full post below:

2015: Politics should not suppress our Conscience

My attention was drawn to a series of deliberate misrepresentations and distortions of particularly my comments during the visit of the Kaduna chapter of Oha-na-ze Ndigbo in some newspapers. For the records, I am not a politician and I don’t have sympathy for any of the political parties. My commitment for those that are fair and following what I do is always to ensure that the rule of law prevails in the conduct of all politicians and for the major stakeholders to avoid overheating our already saturated polity. If some of my comments, which some considered nasty and against their political interest and pursuit, will ultimately alert our largely unenlightened youths and subsequently prevent the looming bloodshed I foresaw, then the abuses and allegations of compromise against my person will be my own sacrifice to this nation.

It does not matter the malicious opinion of anybody against whosoever did anything for the sake of Allah because He knows the secrets of our hearts and He is the ultimate judge. I am always very conscious of everything I write and I will always accept responsibility no matter who feels offended. As an Islamic scholar the supporters of Jonathan or Buhari should not expect me to embark on campaign or to compel people to vote a candidate they don’t want. My responsibility is to guide and alert the nation based on what I know and my conviction, while the people have the final say. In the process, like all mortals, I can be wrong. What is important in Islam is to act strictly for the sake of Allah.
I have not said, as reported during the groups visit to me, that General Buhari is also corrupt as purported and erroneous disseminated. In any case, it is not my duty to determine whether anybody is corrupt or not or to even pass a damning verdict on him.

May I state, however, that the content of my recent posting as clear as it is was publicized by some media outfits to deliberately mislead the public about my position, many viewed it as against Buhari or an indirect endorsement for Jonathan. The records too are very clear. There is no Nigerian leader I persistently criticize and censor like Jonathan because of the deficiency in his leadership to address many serious national issues today, in some part of the country . Criticizing Buhari will inevitably be seen as an act of blasphemy in the eyes of his supporters. They see anyone that speaks against what they believe in as a Jonathan man. This pathetic situation has to be reversed because the moment someone presents himself for leadership he is liable to criticism and answerable to people before God.
The fact that there is religion in politics and politics in religion is the reason why I believe it is a duty for me to be consistent in addressing issues of public interest and to ensure that no human blood drops for the sake of anybody’s ambition, including the ambition of Jonathan and Buhari.

My comments on avoiding violence during the election is not only limited to the supporters of Buhari as mischievously being insinuated but extended to the supporters of Jonathan as well. In fact that is why before the two parties held their presidential conventions I repeatedly urged the parties to do away with the candidatures of Jonathan and Buhari because of the potential danger of doing so. But now that they didn’t listen and produced the duo, it is obvious that only one of them will eventually become president in 2015. At this point I must say, therefore, that we must prepare our minds and accept the outcome of the election as much as it is conducted under reasonable fairness. This is better than the risk of losing one human life because of the ambition of Jonathan or Buhari. If lives are worth sacrificing why is it that the children of our politicians did not participate in the post- election violence of 2011! At this note I will call on INEC and the Security agencies to conduct themselves appropriately without partiality to diffuse post -election tension and Violence. I also call on the public to be patient no matter the level of provocation and injustice because at the end of it all and due to our collective prayers Allah (SWT) will provide the way out for Nigeria.

I am compelled to give this additional comment because I know that there are many reasonable people that misunderstood my position because of the manner my comments are being reported. May Allah protect us all and guide us aright. Amin

SIGNED

Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Abubakar Gumi


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  • warry

    Don’t worry, the change we deserve is here

  • Dumbo

    You are confused and lost your honour. Stop mixing politics and religion and face your deen.

    • Kabsy

      You are right

  • Awarawa

    Gumi know Buhari and his bloodthirsty supporters and he knows they will likely lose and he is also aware of plans to unleash unimaginable terror on innocent citizens after all the shedding of tears of Buhari. Moreover, a friend of very corrupt politicians can NEVER be call incorrupt. If Buhari got his ticket bought for him by Tinubu and his gang of thieves @ $7,000 per delegate x 8,000 delegates…

    • emmanuel

      Point of correction. USD8,000.00. Someone who got more than that said it. Criminals!

      Jonathan used power of persuasion, but the APC used Dollar. These are people who want to rescue Nigeria dealing on FX (who are they rescuing Nigeria from)?

      Rogues.

  • GbemigaO

    Lol

  • emmanuel

    Nigeria is ready for the APC people in 2015 and if this country has to go in flames, so shall it be.

    Any one who criticises Buhari today is pou.ced upon, but Nigerians are equal to the task.

    This unending BH style in the media will not give you votes APC. Roastings will ne a weapon on both sides of the devides this time.

    • Baba

      Nigeria is ready for APC landslide victory and the agony of defeat to be exhibited by Emmanuel and co who believe in Jesus of otoueke.

      • emmanuel

        The Jesus of Otuoke is better than the terrorist who must practice Sharia and condemn the FG for killing insurgents.

        Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia the capital of Sharia despatches insurgents to meet their seventy virgins once they are caught. But Buhari says a similar thing here is ethnic cleansing.

        Jonathan I know, but do not know expired 1983 over the counter medicament. He dey take selolfie because he desperately want power. Monkey sef come wear coat. Na wa o.

  • Garden-City Boy

    Our trash-talking, shaggy-haired guy calls himself “an Islamic scholar”. But proneness to betray his unrepentant, primordial disposition with persistence would make you believe he is possessed. The unrelenting outpour of his Jonathan-hate venom is his new tool to prime his ALMAJIRIS (aka “largely unenlightened youths”) for the deadly “assignment” ahead in February, 2015. The sly mullah really thinks that a repackage of his barbaric almajiri indoctrinates in a new, fancy “largely unenlightened youths“ coinage is the smartest masterstroke, designed to make us all forget that those wretched killers are the very products of the Gumi-run madrassa chain.
    The issuance of an eerie follow-up warning about how “we must prepare our minds and accept the outcome of the election as much as it is under conducted reasonable fairness” is another mindless venting of a mullah’s frustrations, now more than convinced that Buhari isn’t getting anywhere in his hopeless 4th presidential bid. Everybody, therefore, knows what Gumi means by “the outcome of the election” ; it is no more than the planned awusa rampage; the only election to be considered “conducted under reasonable fairness” is one won by Buhari, ..kawai! The awusa man’s mind works in that narrow, myopic, self-serving, clockwork pattern…..SaiBuhari!!
    The awusa man’s mendacity is showcased in every word they utter; this mullah’s position is no exception. He lies that “It is not my duty to determine whether anybody is corrupt or not or to even pass a damning verdict on him”. Yet he claims it is
    his “responsibility is to guide and alert the nation”. Mullahs guide “nations’” in Iran, Saudi, Pakistan, and Indonesia; not in Nigeria. Gumi may well be talking about AREWAGHANISTAN, who knows. This angel of death lacks the moral high grounds to preach on how it suddenly became his divine “duty…..to be consistent in addressing issues of public interest and to ensure that no human blood drops for the sake of anybody’s ambition, including the ambition of Jonathan and Buhari”. He needs to explain his role in 2011 massacres carried out by almajiris raised under his tutelage.
    It is laughable for some ignorant mullah to lump President Jonathan under the same wide brush with Buhari; the former’s antecedents are in sharp contrast with Buhari’s.While Buhari endorsed his barbaric supporters’ 2011 deadly rampage, in which scores of NYSC workers were murdered, in addition to vowing that “ dogs and baboons will be soaked in blood” should he loose in 2015, President Jonathan has always warned and advised that nobody’s political ambition is worth a drop of a Nigerian’s blood. So, what is the dreadful-looking mullah talking about? If this is an attempt to backtrack from the mess he already, it is a poor job; the impression of awusa obsession for power-grab was only reinforced.

    • Truth Hurts

      Chai, there is God in everything you are saying! Now that Gumi is acting like a GEJ agent and you have not even read his article, you are busy sharing falsehood and lies over the Internet! Now that the President-In-Waiting, GMB, is asking you to come and kick out these evil serial liars, serial looters, morally and ethically challenged opportunists, will you say no? Chai, chai, there is God oooooo!!!

  • Salihu Yahaya

    Another online poll is needed to validate the 2015 election

  • Buharam Sharia

    Buhari, Islam, Sharia and terrorism! Vote against sharia rule.

  • emmanuel anizoba

    A most refreshing post! Thank you.

  • luku

    What humans should know is God has problems too. We should learn to divorce God from our natural problems and be solution providers. Problems of God include how and when the world would end,how to build “heaven”,how to put human spirits in “heaven”,how to light “heaven” and what human spirits would eat as long as they remain in “heaven”. God will not carry stones and concretes to build Nigeria;He is too lazy for that. He only speaks. Remember He spoke virtually everything and everyone into existence in the very beginning,according the Bible.