Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, a renowned Islamic scholar has clarified that his comments on the religious bias in the Nigerian Army, saying the issue occurred between 2010 and 2015.
Gumi said this in an interview with the BBC on Tuesday, barely 24 hours after Brigadier-General Mohammed Yerima, the Army spokesman issued a statement on Monday cautioning the cleric and other opinion leaders to exercise restraint and not drag the image and reputation of “one of the most reliable national institutions to disrepute”.
The Islamic scholar was seen in a recent video telling the bandits that soldiers are divided into Muslims and non-Muslims.
But according to the cleric, his comments were misunderstood, blaming the media reports for the miscommunication.
He noted that he had a good understanding of the Nigerian Army, adding that many things have not changed since he left the force as a captain.
“I saw the Army’s response. What I will say is that there is a misunderstanding in the issues. When I speak about the religious issue in the Army, I am not referring to today’s Army,” Gumi told the BBC.
“The issue is from 2010-2015 when some people were in-charge and a lot of bad things happened.
“It is during that time that there were bombings everywhere. It happened in Jaji and we lost a popular Muslim general. Even, I was saved by God because they planted a bomb for me.”