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Don’t Compare IPOB With Boko Haram, Nnamdi Kanu Warns Gumi



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The leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has warned popular Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Gumi, to desist from comparing members of the group with Boko Haram terrorists.

Gumi, in an interview with BBC Pidgin on Saturday, compared Biafra and Oduduwa Republic agitators to the Boko Haram terrorists, and described them as “miscreants”.

Gumi said the agitators are not different from the Boko Haram terrorists in the North, adding that Biafra and Oduduwa agitators should be treated as insurgents.

The cleric said that the majority of Nigerians want a united nation where peace and equity abound and not a country divided along ethnic and religious lines

Gumi also faulted the activities of the agitators who are only pushing their own different ideologies and interests in order to cause chaos in the country.

But in a statement on Monday by IPOB spokesman, Emma Powerful, the IPOB leader said it was insulting comparing freedom fighters with insurgents.

Kanu accused the cleric of being one of the hardened supporters of terrorism, stressing the statement, if true, had exposed Gumi’s real identity.

The statement reads: “We the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), under the leadership of our great leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, read with incredulity a provocative remark credited to a filthy looking so-called acclaimed Islamic cleric in the mould of Sheik Gumi that bandits and freedom fighters are the same.

“Gumi, in the said media report, allegedly compared agitators of Biafra and Oduduwa republics with his Fulani bandits rampaging the North and ravaging the entire South.

“Such a statement if true has simply unmasked and exposed the real identity of this man masquerading as an Islamic cleric when in actual fact he is one of the hardened supporters of Fulani terrorism.

“With such ignorance- laden utterance from a supposed Islamic scholar, the world does not need to look far for the real sponsors of banditry and terrorism in Nigeria.

“We now know those behind the killing spree and evil agenda to decimate indigenous ethnic populations and non-muslim communities across Nigeria.

“Before now Nigerians were deceived into believing that bandits and other agents of terror on rampage all over Nigeria were invisible and without a fixed address. How come this pretender and self-acclaimed Islamic cleric knew where to find the bandits?

“He even posed for a picture with gun weilding murderers and was very proud of it. How was it that this man managed to locate the hideout of these mass murderers but Nigeria Airforce cannot?

“How come there hasn’t been any invasion or bombing of any these bandit settlements in the North but the same Nigeria Airforce were quick to deploy fighter jets to be terrorising innocent citizens in Orlu?

“Not only did Sheik Gumi wine and dine with their bandits, he has also suddenly become their advocate. He has gone to the extent of comparing blood suckers with self-determination activists. What a national embarrassment!

“In his warped mind, Sheik Gumi can no longer differentiate between self-determination, which is a constitutionally guaranteed right and terrorism which is a crime.

“This hypocrisy has confirmed our earlier position that terrorism and banditry in Nigeria are common agenda of the caliphate.”

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