Barely a week after he advised former head of state, Gen. Mohammadu Buhari not to contest the 2015 presidential election under APC, a Kaduna-based Islamic scholar, Sheik Ahmad Gumi, has said that the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan would create crisis in the country, adding that he should relinquish his presidential ambition because of peace.
In his letter to Jonathan, Gumi averred that the president is dangerously leading Nigeria into chaos and turmoil that only God knows where it would end.
Sheik Gumi in the letter, posted on his Facebook page, said, “Mr President, what I heard from people who are close to you is that you are humble with a soft heart. But still, humility is never enough for effective leadership. Leadership is about listening and taking good advice from people of wisdom not from those that benefit from you or have any agenda other than the unity and progress of this Nation.
“Mr President, we have never met despite the fact that we were all born and we lived for more than half a century in this great vast country, Nigeria. It’s here we all grew up and were educated and I presume except by divine providence it’s here that we will all be buried.
“So what matters is the legacy that we will bequeath our children and the next generation of Nigerians. We will not want a burnt country with hundreds of thousands dead, maimed or displaced people because of the thoughtlessness and recklessness of its stewardship.
“I hereby candidly advise you to relinquish your presidential ambition because of peace, stability and well-being of millions of innocent Nigerians. There are many politicians that can ‘finish’ it on your behalf.”
The renowned Islamic cleric, Sheik Gumi, had a week ago called on a former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, not to contest the 2015 presidential election.
The cleric rather suggested that Mr. Buhari should back a younger person to run for the position.
In an open letter to the former head of state, also posted on his Facebook page, Mr. Gumi argued that age is not on the side of the retired general and that politicians were only using him to get to power because of his popularity among the masses.
He also said a Buhari presidency would further polarize the country and worsen the security challenges the country is grappling with.
“My brother in Islam, please listen to the words of wisdom,” Mr. Gumi said. “And don’t follow the whims of the riffraff before they used you the first time to disrupt the second republic, my father advised you against it. Today I am also advising you against contesting in the 2015 presidential election because you will be used to ignite the nation -a dream well-orchestrated several years ago- and also be used by bad people as a ladder to grab regional and local powers.”