On Monday, the Northern Elders declared their separation from the divisive Muslim cleric Ahmed Gumi.
This comes after Gumi criticised President Bola Tinubu and Nyesom Wike, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), in a statement.
In a statement made public in Abuja, the Northern Elders criticised Gumi’s remarks as harmful to the country and divisive.
The elders were described as saying “Gumi’s attacks were unprovoked, malicious, inciting, and a deliberate misinterpretation of our history” in a statement by the North-East Consolidated Peoples Forum (NCPF) spokesman, Alhaji Abba Liman.
Additionally, they denounced the nation’s attempts to become divided and polarised by “misguided elements and their sponsors” through the instigation of religion and ethnicity.
According to the forum, “such does not represent the collective view and interest of the North, and certainly not Nigeria’s interest.”
According to Anaedoonline.ng, Gumi criticised Wike last week for hosting the Israeli envoy who paid the minister a courtesy call in his office.
The Muslim priest had also urged President Tinubu to fire Wike for his selection as the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory.
The preacher went on to say that Christian soldiers have previously murdered northern political leaders.
The Forum, on the other hand, disapproved of the cleric’s position and declared, “We absolutely reject such unprovoked divisive utterances from a divisive element who is aiming to destabilise the peace and unity of our dear country, Nigeria, for selfish motive.
“The utterance is toxic and it should not be accepted by any decent and sound-minded person who loves peace and our Nigeria.
“The constitution of the federal public of Nigeria gives power and right to any Nigerian irrespective of tribe, religion and political affiliation to be appointed to any position of power as long as that person operates within the limits of our law.
“What Nigeria needs now is a consolidation of its peace, unity and progress.
“We caution profiteers of religious fundamentalism and ethnicity, as well as agents of destabilization and instability to desist henceforth.
“We therefore stand with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Chief (Barr) Nyesom Wike. We indeed stand with Nigeria and, of course, the Nigerian constitution for a better governance system for all Nigeria.”
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