Banditry: Army warns Gumi, others against inflamatory statements

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By Kingsley Omonobi

ABUJA — Following the recent outburst of Sheik Ahmed Gumi that armed and murderous bandits were being killed by non Muslim soldiers and the outrage it elicited, the Nigerian Army has warned the Islamic cleric and his followers not to drag its image and reputation of one of the most reliable national institutions into disrepute.

In a statement signed by the Director of Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, the Army said:  ”The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a viral video clip showing the renowned and respected Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, alleging that non-Muslim soldiers were responsible for the asttacks against bandits.

“Sheikh  Ahmed Gumi and other opinion merchants are please enjoined to exercise restraint not to drag the image and reputation of one of the most reliable national institutions to disrepute. 

“The Nigerian Army  remains the pride of the nation and has  continually defended the territorial integrity of this great nation. 

“Comments suggesting to mudslide the image and reputation of the Nigerian Army are not only inimical but tended towards creating bad blood among Nigerians.

“The  Nigerian Army wishes to seize this opportunity  to advise opinion leaders to be more courteous while expressing their views , taking into cognisance the imperative for national security, particularly at this difficult times when our gallant troops have redoubled their  efforts to tackle the myriads of security challenges facing our dear  nation. 

“While the Nigerian Army would not  want to join issues with the respected Sheik Ahmed Gumi, it is, however, important to restate that the Nigerian Army as  national institution does not deploy its troops along ethnic or religious lines.

“Therefore Sheikh  Ahmed Gumi and other opinion merchants are please enjoined to exercise restraint not to drag the image and reputation of one of the most reliable national institutions to disrepute.” 

“The Nigerian Army  remains the pride of the nation and has  continually defended the territorial integrity of this great nation. Comments suggesting to mudslide the image and reputation of the Nigerian Army are not only inimical but tended towards creating bad blood amongst Nigerians. 

 “Furthermore, most operations conducted by the Nigerian Army were done in strict adherence to rules of engagement, code of conduct and respect for the fundamental human rights of the citizenry without any exception. 

I”t is therefore, disturbing that an  opinion leader  would deliberately want to disparage the Nigeria Army to portray it  in bad light. 

“What our troops need now is  public support to discharge their responsibility effectively and in the most professional manner.”

Vanguard News Nigeria 

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