Popular Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmed Gumi, has clarified that religious bias existed in the Nigerian Army between 2010 and 2015. Recall that Gumi had alleged that non-Muslim soldiers had carried out killing of bandits which led to the increased attacks presently witnessed in the country. He explained that his earlier comments were misunderstood, blaming media reports for the misunderstanding.
Gumi noted that he had a good understanding of the Nigerian Army, adding that many things have not changed since he left the military. The army spokesman, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Yerima, while reacting to the statement, said the army did not deploy its troops along ethnic or religious lines as stated by the cleric during his interaction with bandits.
However following a statement from the Nigerian army which countered the claim, Gumi made a clarification in an interview with BBC Pidgin.
The Islamic cleric said in the interview that when he speaks about religious issue in the army, he is not referring to today’s army. He further said that the religious bias allegedly took place in the Nigerian Army between 2010 and 2015.
“I saw what the army said. What I will say is that there is a misunderstanding in the issues. When I speak about the religious issue in the army, I’m not referring to today’s army.
“The issue is from 2010-2015 when some people who were in charge of the army and when a lot of bad things happened.
“It was during that time, bombings happened everywhere. It happened in Jaji and we lost a popular Muslim general and it was God that saved me because they planted a bomb on me.”