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Ohanaeze seeks arrest of Sheik Gumi

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council (OYC), has demanded immediate arrest of popular Islamic cleric, Sheikh Gunmi, who had been negotiating with bandits in the Northern part of the country to free abducted victims.

Sheik Gunmi drew the ire of the apex Igbo group following his interview with BBC pidgin, where he was reported to have compared late Igbo leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, with the bandits.

Recall that Ojukwu led the Igbo to the Nigeria/Biafra civil war which lasted for three years and which claimed millions of lives.

In the interview, Sheik Gunmi now believes Ojukwu committed the same offence like the bandits.

OYC President-General, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, while reacting to Sheik Gumi’s interview, said he was surprised that Gunmi was still walking the streets a free man.

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He said despite glaring evidence that Gunmi was in deep romance with terrorists, the security agencies had looked the other way while things worsened in the country.

“There is no doubt that Nigeria is at a crossroads in its journey to nationhood. Never in the history of the country has it witnessed such orge of violence and criminality being perpetrated by terrorists hiding under different nomenclatures.

“However, more worrisome is the fact that the chief mobiliser and the spokesman of the terrorists, Sheikh Gumi has been left to be walking freely despite clear evidence that he was part of Nigeria’s security problems.

“Ranging from his claims that bandits are not terrorists, to his mindless comparison of bandits with the IPOB and now Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu, it is clear that Gumi has turned the chief spokesman of terrorists and should be arrested and prosecuted.

“He did not start today as his track record shows that he was part of those that laid the foundation to what we are seeing today; his divisive and inciting messages are not new in the country.

“It is now time for security agencies to do the needful as this is the only way to end the current mindless killing and kidnapping of Nigerians,” Nnabuike said.