Sheikh Ahmad Gumi in a recent statement on Thursday reaffirmed his call for President Muhammadu Buhari’s resignation, adding that his government has failed.
His statement came while he was reacting to rumours that he was only criticizing the All Progressives Congress led Buhari’s government because he has sympathy for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Kaduna based Islamic scholar however noted that he has no sympathy for any political party.
The recent rumours against Gumi arose from a picture of him with former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Ex-Governor Ramalan Yero of Kaduna State. Sheikh Gumi sat in between the 2 PDP leaders in the picture.
He however noted that the picture was taken at a public event long ago when Atiku Abubakar was still a member of the APC and Yero was the governor of Kaduna State.
“There was a picture that was snapped at a mosque in Rigachikun. When I was invited to attend a wedding fatiha, on arrival I met him (Mr Yero) and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, at the mosque.
“Then he (Atiku) was still in APC as a member and contested against President Buhari at the primaries, while Yero was then in PDP as a governor in the state.
“I was asked to sit in their middle so I did. Now the picture is in circulation that I am a PDP member, that PDP paid me to work for them.”
He noted that he does not see any Muslim as a PDP or APC member, “Rather, I see him as a Muslim brother. If he does justice I’m with him whoever he is.”
According to Gumi, Nigerians should stop discriminating themselves on the basis of politics.
“Anything that we know will bring misunderstanding among us as Muslims we must try to do away with it,” he said.
He said that his criticisms are base on his quest for justice in Nigeria.
The recent criticism against Sheikh Gumi by loyalists of President Muhammadu Buhari and the supporters of the ruling APC came following his accusation against Buhari’s anti-corruption fight in Nigeria.
He noted that Buhari was prone to mistakes and failed to deliver good governance to the people.
The Islamic Cleric noted that he criticized the government of Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan and also asked him to resign or be impeached.
“Nigeria’s newspaper carried a headline in 2012, when I said Jonathan has failed Nigerians and should resign. So I also find it a duty upon me to tell this government the truth, that it is full of mistakes, or else I become a hypocrite.
“Why I blamed Jonathan was because of blood in his hands because Boko Haram were putting bombs everywhere and the government was not doing enough.
“Anybody killed under your regime, you are responsible for that blood. If you have done your best, I can say yes, Allah can forgive you. But if you are relaxed, no; Allah will not forgive you. So it is the same thing now.
“The bloodshed now is more than during Jonathan’s regime. So now you judge yourselves to be fair. Our religion is a religion of fairness.
“Now more blood is shed from negligence, from sleeping, from laziness, from I-dont-care,” he said.
“If I am true to myself, as I called for the resignation of Jonathan, I should call for the resignation of President Buhari, and with immediate effect! And government paper should carry it also, if there is truth.”
“Buhari is full of mistakes. Full of mistakes! He is a human being like anybody. And I swear to God that there are many people here in the North that can perform better than him.”