As the death toll of the Abuja-Kaduna train attack continues to rise, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has said that the President Buhari led administration is full of injustice and has asked the Federal Government to immediately arrest the controversial Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi, the same way it has arrested other individuals in connection to terrorism activities in the country.
Sheikh Gumi is an influential Islamic cleric who had persistently defended the bandits and other marauders in Northern Nigeria.
HURIWA, argued in a statement by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, that Sheikh Gumi has been outspoken as a “bandits’ sympathiser” over the years including demanding blanket amnesty for daredevil bandits and venturing into the forests of Zamfara, Katsina, and Niger State to discuss with the dreaded bandits that have continued to turn the North-West zone to a place of terror, tears and blood.
The group added that it was not enough for the Buhari regime to declare bandits as terrorists as declared by the Federal Government in January 2022 following the order of Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja. Stating that the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), should go further and also declare “bandits’ sympathisers” like Gumi as terrorist sympathisers.
The statement reads in part, “Why did the Federal Government capture Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and slammed a blanket ban on his Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) only for pouring invective against the person of Buhari from his London United Kingdom base but the same government through the National Security Adviser to the President Major General Babagana Monguno even openly endorsed the clandestine meetings of terrorists with Sheikh Abubakar Gumi of Kaduna?” HURIWA queried.
“This is double standards and this is the reason why there are so many injustices all around this administration. Why is the government pretending like it never heard or read on the media when Sheikh Gumi said there will be war if the then bandits are declared as terrorists and that he will no longer interface with them after the declaration and now that the war foretold has started and innocent blood is being spilt.
“Why is the government not inviting Sheikh Gumi to say more than he knows about these terrorists he so much defended and even compared them to the Niger Delta resource control agitators? Why is Gumi bigger than the law but Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has been languishing in DSS underground cell and allegedly undergoing torture?” The human rights advocacy group demanded answers.
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