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Why We Have Not Arrested Sheikh Gumi – CDS 

Sheikh Abubakar Gumi
Sheikh Abubakar Gumi

October 15, (THEWILL) – The Nigerian military has said it will not prevent anyone from playing his part in the resolution of the fight against insecurity in the country.

Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor, declared this position on Thursday at the resumed ministerial briefing anchored by the Presidential Communications Team at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Fielding questions from newsmen on why the military has not deemed it fit to arrested popular Islamic cleric Sheikh Ahmad Gumi despite openly canvassing for amnesty for terrorists and bandits in the North West, Irabor clarified that the cleric was not working for the military and that the Armed Forces would not prevent anyone from playing his part in the resolution of the fight against insecurity.

According to him, “What was not acceptable to the military was when such persons work at cross purposes with security agencies’ objectives.”

The submission came following rising allegation of discriminatory miitary engagement against the people of the South-East,  particularly after the arrest of a veteran Nollywood actor, Chinwetalu Agu, over alleged support for the proscribed separatist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

According to the CDS, what is found in the South East is different from what is obtainable in the North, noting that insecurity varies from region to region.

The CDS said Nigerians have the right to pass their views to the government, but must not do so through the use of violence.

“If anyone thinks they can try the armed forces, let him try the shape of the armed forces”, he warned.

On the alarm raised by Afenifere on proliferation of terrorists’ camps in Abuja, he urged Nigerians to see it as just a social media report. “That report is not true, though we are making sure that anyone that desires to do that does not succeed. It is not a true report.”

He confirmed that the military took delivery of the remaining six Tucano fighter jets from the United States (U.S.) on September 28.

On the rumoured death of Islamic State in West African Province (ISWAP) leader, Abu Musab, he said, “Of course, I can authoritatively confirm to you that Abu Musab is dead and remains dead.”