I didn’t say Buhari was corrupt – Gumi

Dr-Ahmad-Abubakar-GumiFrom Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

Kaduna-based Islamic scholar, Sheik Ahmad Abubakar Gumi has said he was erroneously misquoted on the person of General Muhammadu Buhari and never said he is also corrupt, because it is not his duty to determine whether anybody is corrupt or not, and passed a verdict on such person.

He stated this when he received leadership of Kaduna chapter of Ohaneze Ndigbo in Kaduna, yesterday.

Gumi, in a statement he personally signed, clarified, saying “I have not said, as reported during the group’s visit to me, that General Buhari is also corrupt as purported and erroneously disseminated. In any case, it is not my duty to determine whether anybody is corrupt or not or to even pass a damning verdict on him. May I state, however, that the content of my recent posting was clear, as it is was publicized by some media outfits to deliberately mislead the public about my position; many viewed it as against Buhari or an indirect endorsement for Jonathan. The records too are very clear.

“My comments on avoiding violence during the election is not only limited to the supporters of Buhari as mischievously being insinuated but extended to the supporters of Jonathan as well. In fact that is why before the two parties held their presidential conventions I repeatedly urged the parties to do away with the candidatures of Jonathan and Buhari, because of the potential danger of doing so. But now that they didn’t listen and produced the duo, it is obvious that only one of them will eventually become president in 2015.

“At this point I must say, therefore, that we must prepare our minds and accept the outcome of the election as much as it is conducted under reasonable fairness. This is better than the risk of losing one

human life because of the ambition of Jonathan or Buhari. If lives are worth sacrificing why is it that the children of our politicians did not participate in the post- election violence of 2011! At this point, I will call on INEC and the Security agencies to conduct themselves appropriately without partiality to diffuse post -election tension and Violence. I also call on the public to be patient no matter the level of provocation and injustice because at the end of it all and due to our collective prayers Allah (SWT) will provide the way out for Nigeria.

“I am compelled to give this additional comment because I know that there are many reasonable people that misunderstood my position because of the manner my comments are being reported. May Allah protect us all and guide us a right”, he stated.


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