Following the call for the arrest of the Kaduna-based Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmed Abubakar Gumi, the Northern Youths Council of Nigeria, (NYCN), has warned that anyone who touches the cleric will have it to contend with.
The NYCN, in an issued press statement yesterday, signed by its National President, Isah Abubakar, expressed its dissatisfaction with some individuals, under the aegis of Coalition for Peace in Nigeria (COPIN), over a statement allegedly issued, urging the Department for State Services (DSS) to arrest and prosecute the Kaduna-based Islamic cleric over his alleged romance with bandits and terrorist groups.
The group, in the statement issued in Kaduna, signed by Emeka Akwuobi, explained that COPIN should note that Sheikh Gumi’s interference was borne out of his desire to see his region and people enjoy security, peace and to protect human dignity in Northern Nigeria. It argued that, “where bandits have taken over and have institutionalised authorities, to find a lasting solution to the activities of bandits in the region, the involvement of Gumi at the time he did was not with any bad intentions but rather to salvage our nation”.
According to NYCN, the faceless, Emeka Akwuobi’s call was a malicious one and very instigative that can ignite a religious war in a country that is currently bedevilled by insecurity. It also accused Akwuobi of working for some elements.
The statement further observed that the youths of Northern Nigeria remain resolute and supportive of every model that would be explored to bring an end to insecurity, but added that it would not tolerate any form of instigation against their leaders, especially the religious leaders.
The NYCN explained that it appreciated the effort of all security agencies to seeing that their region and highways return to normalcy for the safety of travellers and community inhabitants and promised security agencies of their support at all times.