When I speak about the religious issue in the army, I’m not referring to today’s army – Sheikh Gumi makes clarification

Prominent Islamic cleric, Sheikh Gumi has made a clarification on his comment of soldiers beingallegedly deployed along religious lines.

Recall that Gumi had alleged that non-Muslim soldiers had carried out killing of bandits which led to the increased attacks presently witnessed in the country. 

However following a statement from the Nigerian army which countered the claim, Gumi made a clarification in an interview with BBC Pidgin. 

The Islamic cleric said in the interview that when he speaks about religious issue in the army, he is not referring to today’s army. He further said that the religious bias allegedly took place in the Nigerian Army between 2010 and 2015.

Gumi said; 

“I saw what the army said. What I will say is that there is a misunderstanding in the issues. When I speak about the religious issue in the army, I’m not referring to today’s army.

“The issue is from 2010-2015 when some people who were in charge of the army and when a lot of bad things happened.

“It was during that time, bombings happened everywhere. It happened in Jaji and we lost a popular Muslim general and it was God that saved me because they planted a bomb on me.”

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