Nigeria’s next president could face greater insurgency – Sheikh Gumi warns
Ahmad Gumi, an Islamic preacher, expresses sympathy for Nigeria’s next president.
Gumi wrote in a Tuesday post headlined “Let us Pity the Future President” that the next commander-in-chief must act “fast and cautiously” when he takes office.
The priest stated that the economy need a real nationalist to repair it, and that the president will have to combat “false” business organisations.
“The next president is going to meet a great mess. In a metaphorical sense, the nation is suffering from three main disabling diseases. They are leprosy, diabetes, and HIV/AIDs; all in one body,” he said.
“In the case of leprosy, which is a disease that attacks the sensory nervous system, the brain is unaware of the suffering of the extremities.
“The presidency, which represents the brain, is not getting the true picture of the grassroots suffering and the excruciating poverty breaking the masses because the feedback system is attacked by corruption, wickedness, and immorality.
“The president has to be careful of the dishonest clergy. Like mosquitoes, they feed on every system without adding any values except polarising the nation more on the religious divide.
“I cannot imagine a nation facing insurgencies left, right, and centre, yet the clergy would fold their arms without intermediating to see for conflict resolutions. Rather they are busy fuelling religious polarisation.”
Gumi said the recent BBC documentary and that of Daily Trust have exposed the ethnic and tribal undertones of the menace that has riddled the north-western part of the country.
“If the next president also follows the same trajectory, thinking that the present government was only dealing with the criminals with kid gloves, then a greater insurgency will definitely ensue,” he said.
According to the priest, the country should be led by a nationalist rather than a sectional or regional leader.