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Sheikh Gumi: I warned Buhari against taking over from Jonathan in 2015

Valentine Chinyem

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Fiery Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmed Gumi has said he warned President Muhammadu Buhari against taking over governance from his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan.

According to Gumi, he told Buhari that he was coming to make things worse for Nigerians due to the situation on ground when he won the election.

The cleric said his criticism of the President was done in the interest of Nigerians, and not because he is a northerner or a Muslim.

While speaking with Punch, Gumi descried some preachers as apolitical, who would always tell the government when things are going wrong, just like press men.

He noted that things were worse now under the Buhari led-administration than it was during the past government.

“Our criticism of Buhari is not about being a northerner or a Muslim . It has to do with what is in the best interest of Nigerians. A leader is like a blind man. People on the ground or on the field could see what he cannot see,” he said.

“Preachers of religions who are apolitical are the ones that are the eyes , telling the leadership what to do or where things are going wrong.

“We are like the press too, we are supposed to be neutral in our presentation of facts. Once things are not going on as they should be, it is our duty to come out to explain to the people and the government what is wrong and also proffer solutions.

“Even before Buhari came, I was one of the few people that advised him that the Nigerian situation at the end of Jonathan’s regime was not the best for him. He was going to make things worse, not better.

“If you are bringing in a patient who has broken all his limbs to the hospital , the doctor will be concerned about whether his blood is circulating and not about his broken bones.

“The doctor will not be looking at the protruding bones but those standing by will be looking and wondering why the doctor is not concerned about the bones.

“The doctor is concerned about how to save the life of the patient. That is how Nigeria is. When you are concerned and obsessed with what can be fixed later, you are rather killing Nigeria. That is what I see in the government.”