Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, a renowned Islamic scholar, has said those agitating for Biafra and Oduduwa Republics are not different from Boko Haram terrorists.
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Gumi stated this in an interview with BBC Pidgin on Saturday, while reflecting on the insecurity situation in the country.
Daily Trust reports that the cleric said it would be unfair to state that Nigerians want the country divided because of the activities of some “miscreants”, who are only pushing their own different ideologies and interests.
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The cleric claimed that majority of Nigerians want a united nation where there is peace and equity.
“I usually give an example of General Murtala Mohammed, the former head of state from Kano that was assassinated by the Buka Suka Dimka-led group,” he said.
“He married a Yoruba wife. So, where do you want his children to go if the nation is divided?
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“Are they going to be with the Yorubas or Hausas in the North?
“Look, let’s forget these useless youths. They’re no more different from these herdsmen.
“These people agitating for Ododuwa, Biafra or Arewa are all the same group of people with Boko Haram.
“Majority of Nigerians want to stay with Nigeria. And if they are in doubt, let’s conduct a referendum.
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“Look at elections for instance, millions of votes from all the states, whether from APC or PDP.
“This means that Nigerians are ready to stay with a united Nigeria. That is an indirect referendum which shows that the people are ready.
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“So, all these youths that are making noise, whether Abubakar Shekau of Boko Haram, Nnamdi Kanu of IPOB and their Ododuwa counterpart, they are just a tiny minority of Nigerians using ethnic, archaic and retrogressive sentiments to destabilise the nation.
“But l can vouch that Nigerians really want to stay together in peace. But in peace and equity. Not any segment of Nigeria is cheated.”
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