A former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, has said popular Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi would set Nigeria on fire.
Omokri made the remark while berating Gumi over his comment on the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Gumi had said herdsmen and bandits only abduct students for money while IPOB killed security operatives in the Southeast.
In an interview with Arise TV, the Islamic cleric said: “IPOB is attacking the police, the army, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other government institutions; killing our men in service.
”And the herdsmen are kidnapping children not to kill them but to get money; so how can you compare somebody who is killing our gallant men directly to somebody who is kidnapping children to make money and not to kill them. Look, we need some fairness in what we are doing.”
Condemning the Islamic cleric’s comment, the former presidential aide hinted at Gumi’s arrest for making such a remark.
In a tweet, Omokri wrote: “What is wrong with this man? Herdsmen don’t just abduct schoolchildren. Even if that is true (it is not), what is ‘only’ about that? Herdsmen have killed thousands of citizens in every Nigerian state. Gumi may set Nigeria on fire. How can he say this and walk free?”
IPOB and its security arm, the Eastern Security Network (ESN), have been accused of killing security operatives and burning down government facilities in the Southeast.
But, the secessionist group had maintained its innocence.
Leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu had said the group is against terrorists’ and armed herders in the Southeast and not security operatives.
In the North, bandits have been abducting and killing both students and residents.